Danny Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire execs finally made good on their promise to provide a new home for the film’s young star. Recent reports of 10-year old Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail’s Mumbai shack being bulldozed by the government most likely sped along the process.
The same thing happened to the family home of Slumdog’s Rubina Ali, and Danny felt something needed to be done for the two kids once and for all.
The Jai Ho Trust, set up by Boyle and producer Christian Colsen provided the $50,000 to purchase a one-bedroom apartment in Mumbai for Ismail’s family.
The 250-square-foot apartment, located in a suburb north of Mumbai, will be transferred from the trust and put in Ismail's name when he turns 18, as long as he completes his schooling.
A spokesman for the trust said, "We signed the papers on Monday. We have the keys and we will hand them to the family."
A separate search for a home for Rubina and her family is being conducted now. We love that Danny has taken these kids under his wing, and provided them with resources to succeed! We can’t imagine how tough it must be to grow up in the Mumbai slums.