Danny Boyle buys new flat for homeless 'Slumdog Millionaire' child star


The British filmmaker - who is currently in Mumbai - has bought a new flat for Azharuddin Ismail, who played Salim in the movie, and his family. He also hopes to find new accommodation for Rubina Ali. The property was paid for out of a trust Danny set up to provide financial aid for the youngsters until they turn 18 © Getty Images


Earlier this month both Rubina and Azharuddin were left homeless when their makeshift family dwellings were demolished by local authorities in a bid to clean up Mumbai and remove illegal housing
Photo: © Rex 

28 MAY 2009

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and the trust he set up for the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire have bought a new home for nine-year-old Azharuddin Ismail, who played the young Salim in the movie.

The British filmmaker flew out to Mumbai to help after the nine-year-old's family was forced to leave their shanty town when it was demolished.

Danny said he hoped a new home could also be found for Rubina Ali - who was also left homeless after authorities razed her house - before the monsoon rains in June. The £33,000 apartment bought for Azharuddin and his family is near to the boy's school. 

"They were given access to a world, an extraordinary and glamorous world, and they understandably want their lives to be completely transformed," he said of the children, who attended the Oscars ceremony in LA in February.

Shortly after the film wrapped, Danny, 52, and producer Christian Colson set up the Jai Ho Trust, founded wtih the aim of helping the children financially until they turned 18.

"The homes are a concern. That is one of the reasons why we built the trust," explained the Lancashire-born director.

Both the children were reportedly promised new homes by the state housing association in February, but Rubina's father said they hadn't heard anything further from the organisation.