Slumdog Millionaire’’s child actors to miss Academy Awards

February 14th, 2009 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 14 (ANI): Child actors Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who starred in the critically acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire, will miss the Oscars next week because their parents have allegedly withdrawn their permission for traveling to Los Angeles with other cast members.

According to reports, they have instead asked for the airfares to be paid to them in cash.

The film, which tracks the story of an 18-year-old slum boy from rags to riches, has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

Film producer Christian Colson revealed that the unexpected success of the film has disturbed his and director Danny Boyle’’s plans for the children to enjoy a long-term benefit from appearing in the film.

The movie bosses were accused of underpaying Azharuddin, 8, and Rubina, 8, who played young Salim and young Latika in the film.

The film’’s makers had decided not take any of the child actors to any of the many award ceremonies, but were later persuaded to take them to the Oscars.

They had begun trying to get passports for Rubina or Azharuddin when their parents said they would not be going.

Azharuddin’’s father was in hospital and his mother would not let him travel with a chaperone.

“Now it’’s too late. The last thing they said to us was give us the money for the plane fares instead,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying. (ANI)

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