She may have had a starring role in an Oscar winning movie, but that hasn’t made life any easier for Indian child actress Rubina Ali, also known as Rubina Qureshi. First there was controversy about how much she and her co-star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail were paid for their work in the film. The London Telegraph reported the amount as £500. Then there was the allegations that her father was offering her for sale. When that news came to light, her father, Rafiq Ali, quickly denied the rumors, though there was evidence to the contrary.
Now, the 12-year-old who played a poverty-stricken child in the Oscar-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, has lost her home to a fire that raged through the Garib Nagar slum in northern Mumbai, India.
The thing is that when it became known that her father was trying to sell her and that she had been paid only £500 for her role as the younger Latika in the movie, the films director Danny Boyle said he had set up a trust fund for the children and was moving them to an apartment so they could get out of the shanty in which they lived in the Garib Nagar slum. In spite of that promise made over a year ago, the family was still living in their shanty when a fire swept through the slum leaving them and many other family homeless.
Rubina Ali says the family lost everything. As the fire swept through they grabbed what they could and ran out of their home. Among the things that were lost were the awards she won for her part in Slumdog Millionaire and the clothing she had gotten for playing the role and to attend the awards ceremonies.
You can learn more about the fires that destroyed Rubina Ali’s house in the video below.