It was earlier reported that both the actors would miss the Oscars because their parents had allegedly withdrawn their permission for travelling to Los Angeles with other cast members. However, a spokesperson for Fox Searchlight has now confirmed that two youngsters will receive A-star treatment at the glitzy ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
"Everybody is really excited about it. It's nice the whole gang will be together," Contactmusic quoted Fox Searchlight representative James Finn as saying.
Ali and Azharuddin will travel with relatives and will be put up in a five-star hotel for two days. The film, of an 18-year-old slum boy from rags to riches, has already triumphed Golden Globes and BAFTAS, and has been nominated in 10 categories at the Oscars.