Slumdog Kids In a Slump

The Slumdog kids are in a slump. Rubina Qureshi and Azharuddin Ismail, the young stars of the Oscar-winning movie are back home in Mumbai and feeling very blue.


Slumdog Kids In a Slump

It’s hard to go back to reality

-The Betty Editors

Rubina Qureshi and Azharuddin IsmailThe Slumdog kids are in a slump. Rubina Qureshi and Azharuddin Ismail, the young stars of the Oscar-winning movie are back home in Mumbai and feeling very blue. Since returning from Oscar night partying Azharuddin has been battling the flu with a temperature of 103. Rubina doesn’t want to take off the dress she wore on the film’s big Tinseltown night.

While in L.A. the youngsters stayed at fancy hotels where they enjoyed soft beds and bathrooms for the first time in their young lives. They also were taken to Disneyland.

Now it’s back to school and the shanties where they lived before being an important part of the movie that is now racking up hundreds of millions in ticket sales worldwide.

Azharuddin, 10, who is taking antibiotics, even complained about a spanking from his father. “I am very sad,” he said. “I feel sleepy, hot and sick all the time here. There are too many mosquitoes. I just wish I was in America still.”

Rubina, who is 8, is also very upset, reported the London Daily Mail. “I don’t want to live in a slum anymore,” she said. A sewer pipe runs past her family’s front door. “I don’t want to sleep on the floor any more. I want a proper bed and to live where the air does not smell. I have seen what it is like in America. I have realized how bad life is here and I want to get out.”

Both the producers of Slumdog and the Indian government have promised new homes for both Rubina and Azharuddin’s families. But social workers and psychologist understand how hard it must be for the youngsters to readjust to their grim lives at home after a few days of attention combined with luxury and glamour.

One can only hope that Rubina and Asharuddin’s experiences eventually are closer to the fairy tale ending of Slumdog Millionaire, rather than the unrelentingly harsh reality that the millions in Mumbai’s slums face every day.

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  1. I thought that during the Oscars they should have just run up to Brad and Angelina and said, “Please! Please! Adopt us! What’s two more children!?!?” I don’t think Brad and Angelina have any kids from India yet, do they? Hahah!

  2. I want to know why no one seems to care about all the other children in the slums. We hear all these pity pieces by journalists focusing on these two children, but before the movie they were no different than any other child living in the slums. Did anyone care about them then? No. Maybe we shouldn’t blame the producers of the movie for not buying these children a house soon enough, but we should rather blame the systems, government, and injustices that created such devastating poverty in the first place. And maybe I’m ranting in the wrong forum…

  3. Really, margmarg? You’re really going to sit there and act righteous because someone wrote a news article about the Slumdog kids and whine about how nobody “seems to care about all the other children in the slums”? What have you done about the poverty in India besides post a ten second message? Have you donated money to a reputable charity? Have you traveled to India and worked to help? Or, you talk about poverty in India, what about children in Africa, whose lives have been torn up by AIDs? Or the hundreds of thousands of children dealing with poverty and hunger elsewhere around the world?

    Give me a break. It’s a news article. Get off your high horse about the media being a culprit. The media owes nothing to us – the news is all paid for by corporations who are trying to make money, just like any other business.

  4. India doesn’t need America’s charity… while we tackle our problems ourselves, why don’t you guys focus on solving the financial crisis you’re making the world face…

  5. I guess I was ranting in the wrong forum, kritid. You completely missed the issue. And I’m not on any high horse. I don’t claim to be any better than the author of this article. I’m just noting that all people really want to see is these kids get their nice house outside of the slums so they can all feel better about their own lifestyles. I’m as guilty as anyone else.

    And I never said media was the culprit, either. We both know the situation is far more complex than that. You can’t attach ethical responsibility to massive corporate entities, nor to the “government” as I originally stated (Robert Reich talks about this is Supercapitalism). I hope we’re in agreement on that point at least. I’m just saying it’s hardly productive to blame the producers of this movie. It seems horribly cruel to me that the kids in the movie are marked as special and somehow more deserving than other children in the slums. It could have been any other kid. And that’s life. So if someone is inclined to feel sympathy for poverty-stricken children in India the way this author clearly is, they shouldn’t feel any better when Rubina gets her house, because it doesn’t mean anything has changed in any measurable way.

    And I’d hardly call anything on “Betty Confidential” a “news” article, by the way.

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