Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Every ‘Slumdog’ has its day
For this woman from a Mumbai slum, the Oscars were coming home.
I was there at Rubina’s (the youngest Latika in the film) cramped quarters, located in a slum by the Bandra train tracks, since six in the morning.
An eight-year-old girl, who doesn’t have running water in her house but has a LCD TV, who didn’t go to school some time back but got the chance to act in a film being made by an unknown foreigner, and who hasn’t travelled much of her country but got to go to the biggest movie event of the year.
And then, mentally I corrected myself. It wasn’t incongruous, it was the stuff dreams are made of; it was destiny.
Rubina and Azhar (the youngest Salim in the film) are actually living out the “Slumdog Millionaire” story — and making seemingly impossible dreams come true.
Let’s hope these kids can take some inspiration from the film they have worked in.