Slumdog child stars get fundraising on Hong Kong TV

Monday June 8, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire's young stars delighted Hong Kong fans at the weekend on their first visit to the former British colony.

Rubina Ali, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail made a special appearance for charity on a TV show on Saturday night, dancing alongside professionals to their Oscar-winning film's soundtrack Jai Ho.

The trio helped raise £62,585 with their small screen performance before staging a similar routine the next day, this time with vocals, in front of hundreds of onlookers at a shopping centre. 

And during a brief Q&A session after their final appearance, Rubina, nine, and ten-year-old boys Azharuddin and Ayush, revealed their hopes of continuing their acting careers.

Having mingled with A-listers at this year's Oscars, the youngsters had no trouble identifying their favourite actors. Ayush named Brad Pitt as his number one, while Rubina favoured the Fight Club star's partner Angelina Jolie.  Azharuddin chose as his hero Bollywood star Salman Khan.

And there's more excitement for little Rubina to look forward to this summer - the publication of her autobiography. The book, which will hit shelves in July,  will tell the story of her journey from an upbringing in poverty to international fame as a cast-member in an Oscar-winning film.

Photo: © Getty Images

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