Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ethical issues behind casting kids from the slum

A hollywood movie gaining widespread acclaim world over, has two kids in the (sort of) lead role who are from below poverty line background. The child actor Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail who plays smallest Salim in the movie Slumdog Millionaire and the girl Rabina (or Rubiana Ali) who plays youngest Latika are from the slums of Mumbai.

In an interview on BBC, Danny Boyle was asked the question that I had on my mind when I first heard about the kids. "Were there ethical issues with casting kids from such poor background and putting them in a hollywood movie and earning so much money at such a young age?"

Well, Danny Boyle (or someone else on their team) figured out a very unique and good way to help guide these kid's life on he right track. They've put the kids into a school and there's a trust fund set up that will activate when they finish their high school at age 16. I sure hope they stay in there and get the education and the money they deserve.

Go read this article and tell me it doesn't bring tears to your eyes.


  1. those kids are really from the slums !!! .. i thought they were some actors kids or something !! .. really nice

  2. I don't know about you, but for some of us, it was very obvious. The kind of gestures the salim kid makes, the way he does the angry yelling, his language, it was very obvious. The little girl, I would say just by the way she looked. Jamal on the other hand looked a little healthier than the two so I had to think he's from a better off family.