Betty on the News: Slumdog Child Actors at Risk of Losing Trust Fund Due to Truancy
The young stars of the award-winning film could potentially lose a fortune.
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali, the two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire, are in danger of losing their trust fund and monthly stipend if they don’t attend classes more regularly.
On Thursday a trustee for the fund revealed that Azharuddin, 11, only shows up at school 37 percent of the time, while Rubina Ali, 10, has a mere 27 percent attendance rate. Both children are supposed to get their attendance above 70 percent, and if they fail to graduate they will lose a lump sum payment set aside by the filmmakers to help the young stars.
Noshir Dadrawala, who helps manage the Jai Ho trust establishment, realizes that the kid’s schedule is getting in the way of their schooling. “They are constantly going to Paris and Cochin and Chennai,” he stated. “That’s fine, but go over the weekend, not at the sacrifice of school.”
The children’s parents claim the absences are because of deaths in the family, though they promise to take them to school from here on out.
Slumdog director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson expressed their frustration in a statement:
“We are disappointed that Azhar and Rubina’s school attendance remains patchy. We have urged both families to honor their commitment to ensure regular school attendance,” they said. The filmmakers were in Mumbai to discuss future film projects and charity work.” (Yahoo! News)