Another Slumdog Star Left Homeless

May 20, 2009 By:
Another Slumdog Star Left Homeless

Another one of the children who starred in Slumdog Millionaire has found herself homeless. Rubina Ali, the nine-year-old girl who played young Latika in the film, has nowhere to call home after her house was knocked to the ground by local authorities.

Rubina’s stepmother told the AP that her father was beaten by police who were overseeing the demolition, and had to be taken to the hospital.

Rubina seemed very scared as she told the AP, “I’m feeling bad. My house had been demolished. I’m thinking about where to sleep.”

Rubina’s stepmother went on to say, "How can the police barge in anytime without giving us notice?”

These slums are being destroyed because they are illegal or are in the way of city development plans. Government promises of housing are not often met and when slum-dwellers are given homes, it is often in poor-quality buildings on the outskirts of cities, far from their jobs.

What happened to the trust that was set up in Rubina’s name? And she reportedly just shot a commercial with Nicole Kidman and made money off of that too! If that’s the case, it sounds like Rubina and her family needs to get out of that area ASAP.