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Is Danny Boyle and company doing enough to help Slumdog kids? May 23, 2009

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Since Slumdog Millionaire’s success in the theaters, the tough lives of the child actors have received some attention in the media. Rubina Ali, who played the young version of Latika, was nearly sold by her father in an undercover sting, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail’s family home in the slums was recently demolished by the Indian government. Though some people associated with Slumdog have been actively helping the children, the families of those appearing in the film say they feel ignored.

Finally responding to the matter, Slumdog Millionaire’s director, Danny Boyle, and producer Christian Colson set up a trust to make sure the children receive proper homes, an education, and a stipend for their families. While the families are still complaining that this is not enough to move out of the slums, one has to wonder if a public relations crisis is on the horizon.

For more on the story, see the video below:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Do you think the stories about Slumdog’s children have received significant attention in the media?  If not, why do you think this has been the case?

2.  What might it take for this to be a bigger media drama or scandal?

3.  Is Danny Boyle and the companies associated with Slumdog doing enough?  If not, what else might they do to prevent their names from being tarnished by the media?

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1. Stacey - May 27, 2009

1. No, I don’t think this story is being told in enough places. Because I just got news of this story today. Also, I just saw a blog where a poster said she saw the movie and loved it. She probably hasn’t read about any of this either.
2. I’m not certain.
3. In my opinion, no. They should pay their families the equivalent of what the child stars would have been paid had they been American children (plus the trust, if you ask me). Whatever the families do with the money is their business. But it would wash his hands of the situation and seem much more honorable. Right now he looks like he exploited them himself.

2. Unknown - November 20, 2009

It’s not like Danny Boyle exploited the children…he made them stars. We should not expect everything from a director for a single film. Even Anil kapoor offered lots of money to support the children. Because he also got famous due to the film without any acting. Naseeb……….no work no acting but big famous …


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