Slumdog actor’s father demands more money

The father of Azharuddin Ismail,the child actor of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire,has demanded more cash from the producers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:March 2, 2009 12:23 am

The father of Azharuddin Ismail,the child actor of Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire,has demanded more cash from the producers.

The latest demand comes amid reports that the child actor,who was plucked from a Mumbai slum to act in the movie,will get less than 20,000 pounds from the producers of the film,which grossed over 123 million pounds at the box-office,The Daily Mail reported.

Ten-year-old Azharuddin,who played the young Salim,the brother of lead protagonist Jamal,returned to his shanty home on Thursday after a dream visit to the Oscar awards and Disneyland.

His 45-year-old father Mohammed Ismail,a tuberculosis patient,said,“My son has taken on the world and won. I am so proud of him but I want more money. They promised me a new house I’m still in the slum.”

“I want the money now,it is of no use later. Boyle should take care of my son,” said Ismail,who was criticised on Saturday for slapping the child for refusing to give an interview to some foreign journalists.

Ismail,who lives in a shack and makes a living by selling scrap,said the money was not “enough” and they needed more immediately.

Apart from Azharuddin,Rubina Ali,who played Latika is also from a Mumbai slum. The children shot to international fame post the runaway success of the film which bagged eight Oscars.

The producers have set up a trust fund for the children which they can access once they turn 18. They attend an English language school for impoverished children and get a monthly stipend as well.The producers have also promised to buy a home for the families after allegations that the children were not paid well for the film.

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