‘SLUMDOG’ KIDS TO WALK OSCARS RED CARPET

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Rubina Ali, who acted as young Latika in the film “Slumdog Millionaire”
shows mehndi painted on her hands in the slum she resides in, prior to
leaving for airport to fly to Los Angeles to attend the 81st Academy Awards,
in Mumbai February 20, 2009.

LOS ANGELES – The “Slumdog Millionaire” child actors from the slums of Mumbai will be joining hundreds of movie stars on the red carpet at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony in Hollywood, the studio behind the film said on Friday.

Fox Searchlight said it was paying the bill for visas, travel and accommodations for nine children to fly to Los Angeles for the Oscars, where the rags-to-riches story is favorite for a best picture Oscar.

The studio said the children, who play the younger and teen versions of the characters portrayed by adults Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Madhur Mittal, will appear on the red carpet and attend the February 22 awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater.

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“Slumdog Millionaire”, looks at the camera while speaking
to the media at her uncle’s residence in a slum
in Mumbai February 20, 2009.

The film makers were accused last month of exploiting the children. British director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson have rejected the charge, saying the children were paid above local Indian wages for their work and that the film’s makers were also paying for their education.

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Azharuddin Ismail left, who acted as the character
of young Salim and Rubina Ali, who acted as the character
of young Latika in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” meet their
friends at a slum area in Mumbai February 20, 2009.

“Slumdog Millionaire” is nominated for 10 Oscars — the industry’s highest honors — including best picture and best director. It already has won at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British BAFTA awards.

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Azharuddin Ismail, who acted as the character
of young Salim in the film “Slumdog Millionaire” tries
a new shoe at a shop near his house at a slum area
in Mumbai February 20, 2009.

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