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Slum Kids Trustfund

'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle says the film's child stars don't need money because they can speak English.

Danny has hit back at claims the young actors and actresses -

including Azharuddin Ismail, 10, and Rubina Ali, nine, who live in the slums of western Mumbai - weren't paid enough for their performances.

He said: "We had long discussions about the best way to change their lives. Although we paid them well, that money has disappeared.

"We decided to put in place a long-term educational plan. Provided they finish their education they will receive a substantial sum of money. They are also going to be re-housed. But the most important thing is the kids go to school.
"The difference it will make to their lives is unbelievable and it's already made a phenomenal difference because they speak English. If you speak English in Mumbai your employment chances go up a hundredfold."

That is a really smart idea, last week one of the kids was beaten up by his father after returning from L.A so I wouldn't trust the parents with their money.


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