Slumdog Star Loses All in Fire

Rubina Ali homeless again after blaze in Mumbai slum

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2011 8:54 AM CST

(Newser) Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali is out on the street after a blaze ripped through her Mumbai slum today. "It's all gone. Even my best clothes, everything," Rubina tearfully told the AP via phone; the 12-year-old also lost her awards, clippings, and photos from the Oscar-winning flick. "We just grabbed what we could and dashed out. The fire spread so fast we couldn't get back in," says Rafiq Ali, her father. Some 2000 people were also left homeless.

Life hasn't exactly been Easy Street for the child star since Slumdog's success: Allegations surfaced that her father was trying to sell her; then the Indian government tore down her home in 2009. Finally the family appeared to catch a break when Slumdog director Danny Boyle said he'd bought them an apartment; Rubina says the family has yet to move in.

Cast of Slumdog Millionaire, front left, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Rubina Ali, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, back left, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar and Tanay Hemant Chheda arrive for the Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.
Cast of "Slumdog Millionaire", front left, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Rubina Ali, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, back left, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar and Tanay Hemant Chheda arrive for the...   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali sits outside her house with her belongings at a slum in Mumbai, India, Saturday, March 5, 2011.
"Slumdog Millionaire" child star Rubina Ali sits outside her house with her belongings at a slum in Mumbai, India, Saturday, March 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali walks on the debris at a slum in Mumbai, India, Saturday, March 5, 2011. Ali said that her home had burned down in a fire that raged through a crowded slum.
"Slumdog Millionaire" star Rubina Ali walks on the debris at a slum in Mumbai, India, Saturday, March 5, 2011. Ali said that her home had burned down in a fire that raged through a crowded slum.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Rubina Ali, child star of Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, reacts as she looks at her damaged shack after civic authorities demolished that in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.
Rubina Ali, child star of Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", reacts as she looks at her damaged shack after civic authorities demolished that in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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