Parents of child artistes, who acted in the award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, have accused the film’s producers of exploiting their children by not paying them adequately, though the 8 year-olds worked for an year.
According to the parents, Azhauddin Ismail and Rubina Ali were paid less than many domestic servants. According to some reports, Rubina is said to have been paid just 500 pounds (Rs 30,000) for a year’s work, while Azharuddin received 1,700 pounds( Rs1,02,000).
Fox Searchlight, the film’s American distributors, disputed this claim by saying the fees were more than three times the average annual salary an adult in their neighbourhood would receive.
British director Danny Boyle had said that he had set up trust funds for Rubina and Azharuddin and paid for their education.