Thursday, May 14, 2009

Slumdog star's home is demolished

This is pretty lame. The movie pulled in $200M at the box office plus who knows how much DVD sales in the future and they can't help one family move out of the slums? What does it cost for a small apartment in Mumbai? $5k? $10k? $20k? Out of all the profits from the movie, they can't even find that bit of money? How much did they pay the kids for their part anyway?

BBC News

The Mumbai slum home of one of the child stars of the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire has been demolished by city authorities.

Reports say that police smacked the boy, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, with a bamboo stick before ordering him out.

The authorities claim he and other families were squatting on land that was owned by the government.

He played a younger version of one of the main characters in the film, which scooped eight Oscars.

"We are homeless, we have nowhere to go," Azharuddin said after the demolition.

The family lived in a temporary makeshift shelter made up of plastic sheets over bamboo sticks, in a slum near Bandra East in Mumbai.

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