MUMBAI- Azharuddin Ismail, 9, played the character of Salim as a child in the film Slumdog Millionaire, a rags-to-riches romance about a poor Indian boy competing for love and money on a television game show. People who don’t understand how movie contracts work have been outraged that the movie was fiction, and not a documentary about how cute kids should arbitrarily get 10% off the back end of popular movies.
Ismail’s home, along with many insignificant others, was destroyed by ignorant, heartless officials who didn’t realise a famous, adorable child lived in the illegal shanty covering a storm drain. Their concerns for preventing massive flooding and cholera outbreaks ahead of monsoon season were widely denounced by an outraged public that was really upset about this one, single shanty getting destroyed.
Sorry kid, learn how to sing and then we’ll talk! And would it kill you to smile?
Trust funds and homes have been provided for the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire but have yet to be utilized. Presumably because a happy famous child living in a decent apartment makes for a really shitty news story.