Monday, April 20, 2009

Who Wants to Buy a 'Slumdog' Child?

Rubina, with Rafiq (center) and uncle Rajan More (left) and undercover team (faces blurred).

Adorable "Slumdog Millionaire" star Rubina Ali is back in the news - but not for her acting skills.

The 9-year-old's father, who lives in a Mumbai slum along with his star daughter, offered to sell Ali for nearly $300,000 to undercover reporters from Britain's News of the World, the paper says.

He is reportedly fielding several lucrative adoption offers for the starlet.

"I have to consider what's best for me, my family and Rubina's future," cash-strapped dad Rafiq Qureshi told the journalists, who posed as a wealthy Middle Eastern family.

Qureshi allegedly upped his asking adoption price for his apple-cheeked little girl during the negotiations because of Ali's star status.

"The child is special now," Qureshi's brother said, per the paper. "This is an Oscar child!"

Ali rose to fame earlier this year as the young Latika in "Slumdog." Break-out star Freida Pinto played the grown-up version of Latika.

Despite the stardom, Ali's father reportedly said the family "got nothing out of this film," although director Danny Boyle has set up apartments for Ali and fellow "Slumdog" child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and their families, which will be available soon.

Boyle has also set up a trust fund for Ali for her education.


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Anonymous said...

them folk, no offense, just a bit too touchy feely for me. look at the man on the far left & where his hands are. How he doin!

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