The lead actors of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, are flying high following the success of the film at the Oscars but the kids who played the young Salim and Latika are left homeless. The kids are literally made to wander in the streets, very much like their roles in Slumdog Millionaire.
First, it was Mohammed Azharuddin Ismail, who was left homeless earlier this month, following the Bombay High Court order to demolish the illegal encroachments. Now, Rubina Ali's home too has given way to the so called development. The local railway authorities have destroyed her home in Bandra, as it was deemed illegal.
Rubina's father Rafiq Qureshi got the shock of his life when he went to the police station to inquire about the demolition. He was allegedly beaten up by the police and is currently recuperating at Bhabha hospital. The police denied harassing Rafiq Qureshi but Rubina confirmed that the incident did happen.
With the government yet to fulfill its promise to gift houses to the impoverished child actors, the talented Azharuddin and Rubina, who walked the red carpet at this year's Oscars, and their families will have wander in the streets. Their future looks even dimmer with monsoon about to set in!