A trust established by the makers of Best Picture Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire told EW via a statement today that it was looking after the welfare of the film’s child stars. The statement from the Jai Ho Trust comes in the wake of reports that the father of 9-year-old Slumdog actress Rubina Ali allegedly tried to sell his daughter for more than $300,000 when reporters from Britain’s News of the World newspaper made the offer as part of an undercover sting operation. Ali’s father, Rafiq Qureshi, has denied that he intended to sell his daughter. Indian police are currently investigating the matter.
The Jai Ho Trust (which is in part supported by Slumdog director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson) issued the following statement:
The Jai Ho Trust was established with financial support from the filmmakers of Slumdog Millionaire to support the welfare of child stars of the film. The trust is in regular contact with Rubina Ali and her family and has hired a social worker to assist in looking after her welfare and that of her co-star [Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail].
From Entertainment Weekly – Slumdog Millionaire’ trust says it’s looking after child star Rubina Ali
Apr 21, 2009| by Chris Nashawaty