Eleven-year-old Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail starred in 2008′s Oscar-winner for Best Picture, but he did not live inside a home with an indoor toilet.
Yes, the young actor who played young Salim in “Slumdog Millionaire,” grew up actually in the dirty and chaotic Mumbai slums depicted in the film and saw his home bulldozed by the government without warning last May.
But his housing situation improved yesterday when little Azhar moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Mumbai, near where he attends school. “Slumdog”‘s director, Danny Boyle, and producer Christian Colson, purchased the new pad with money from the Jai Ho Trust, which was set up for Azhar and 9-year-old Rubiana Ali, who played young Latika. Boyle will transfer ownership of the apartment into Azhar’s name when he turns 18 if he stays in school. [Telegraph]
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