Slumdog children meet Sonia Gandhi at her residence

March 19th, 2009 - 7:59 pm ICT by ANI  

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): Nine-year-old Rubina Ali Qureshi and ten-year-old Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who starred in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionare, met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi today.
They were also accompanied by fashion designer Leena Singh.
The children are in the capital to participate in the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW). They are set to walk the ramp for designers Ashima and Leena Singh in the event.
The child actors, who reside in a Mumbai slum, met Gandhi and discussed their problems with her. Gandhi, in turn promised them a home.
It is worthy to note that Gandhi has roped in the two children for campaigning in the coming elections,
The kids said they presented a letter to Sonia Gandhi with a request for new homes.
Sounding confident about receiving Gandhi’’s help in the matter, Azharuddin said, “Yes, if Sonia aunty says, then we will definitely get a house.”
The two children exclaimed that they were great admirers of Gandhi and wanted to sing Slumdog song “Jai Ho” for her.
The Congress party has bought the rights to “Jai Ho” for the elections. Rubina and Azharuddin were quite elated to meet Gandhi and expressed their happiness.
“She (Sonia Gandhi) praised our work in the film and congratulated us,” said Azharuddin.
Rubina and Azharuddin, who essayed the roles of young Latika and Jamal in the eight Oscar winning film, currently live in tiny hovels in a rubbish strewn slum near railway tracks.
Open sewers run nearby and their homes don”t have running water. (ANI)

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