Oscar’s Treat For Slum Kids

Slumdog kids will live like millionaires for a day
Thursday , 19 February 2009
Oscar’s Treat For Slum Kids

Two young Mumbai stars will attend this year's Oscars ceremony in Hollywood to represent the world brought to light in the multi-nominated movie Slumdog Millionaire

Rubina Ali, nine, and 10-year-old Azharuddin Ismail will board a plane for the first time and travel to Los Angeles to attend the Oscars ceremony Feb 22.

Their lives will take a brief fairytale twist, just like in the story of "Slumdog Millionaire", the film by director Danny Boyle which has bagged 10 nominations at the 81st Academy Awards.

On Thursday, they will fly off to walk the red carpet and rub shoulders with the who's who of Hollywood at the Oscars.

"I think we will win all the awards. We will win 10 out of 10," Azharuddin, 10, who essayed the role of a young Salim, the protagonist's brother, told a news channel.

Rubina, nine, who played young Latika, added: "I don't know anything now. I will see what happens there."

Just a few days back, their dream to attend one of the most glamorous events of the world was jeopardised by their poverty-stricken life. Their parents were not keen on sending them to the Oscars and instead wanted the plane fare to be utilised for other necessities.

However, after a change of plan, Rubina will be escorted by her uncle and Azharuddin will be accompanied by his mother to the event.

"I was thinking that I would love to go but never thought this will come true through Rubina," said Rubina's uncle.