Slumdog Kids Back in Slum

Child actors receive heroes' welcome in Mumbai
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 7:15 AM CST

(Newser) – No more red carpet: The two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire have returned from Hollywood to their now-infamous Mumbai slum, CNN reports. The pair, excited from the trip but exhausted from the media attention, were greeted by enthusiastic crowds. Rubina Ali, 9, says she has heard rumors of new homes from the government, but she and Azharuddin Ismail are back in their shantytown for the time being.

"I've been praying for a new home for so long," Ali said. "It's all up to Allah now." The film's producers have paid the children's school fees and set up a trust fund. A proposal from the state's housing chief to award new homes to the children is still being considered, notes the Times of India. Ali was reportedly paid $700 and Ismail $2,500 for their roles in the Oscar-winning film that's netted $100 million worldwide.