Via BBC News
Two child actors from the film Slumdog Millionaire will be moved from slums to new houses by Indian authorities.
Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who played young versions of two main characters, were discovered by casting agents in Mumbai’s Garib Nagar slum.
There was an outcry when it was found they were still living there after the success of the Oscar-winning film.
An official said the children had “brought laurels to the country” and deserved to be rewarded.
Local housing association chairman Amarjeet Singh Manhas added: “Since the children have made the nation proud, they must be given free houses.
“The chief minister of the state has approved this.”
The housing will come from a small allocation which local politicians are allowed to distribute as they see fit.
Rubina, nine, is currently living with her family in a one room shack while 10-year-old Azharuddin’s family home, located under a tarpaulin by a busy road, was recently demolished.
I am happy for the children and their families, but what about the thousands of other children currently living in the slums of Mumbai?
Will they now have to become fortunate enough to have appeared in an Oscar winning film, to then be awarded a free house for them and their families???