Slumdog Makers Give $740K to Educate Poor

Fun intended to hush critics who call film 'poverty porn'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2009 10:27 AM CDT
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, right, and Rubina Ali, child actors of the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire," appear at a New Delhi event.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – To combat accusations that Oscar sensation Slumdog Millionaire is a form of “poverty porn,” the filmmakers have donated about $740,000 toward a health education initiative in Mumbai’s slums, the Times of London reports. The funds are in addition to trusts set up for the movie’s child actors. “Some but not all” who gained from Slumdog’s $90 million profit contributed, the producer says.

The father of child star Rubina Ali says he’s unsure whether his daughter was fairly compensated for her role in the film. “At the time I thought so,” he said. “Now that we see it has done so well, I am not sure.” He said his daughter earned more for a recent commercial spot with Nicole Kidman than she did for her role in Slumdog. (Read more Slumdog Millionaire stories.)