Slumdog Millionaire’s Rubina Ali Is A Thousandaire

Let’s start the day with some good news, FOR ONCE. From the AP:

MUMBAI, India – “Slumdog Millionaire” child star Rubina Ali played a poverty-stricken child in the Oscar-winning film, but the real-life daughter of India’s shantytowns now has a small fortune in book and movie deals.

The 10-year-old’s publisher and a producer say she is already committed to projects worth more than $145,000, and her family will could soon move out of the slums and into a new apartment paid for by a trust set up by the film’s director, Danny Boyle.

She and her family will could soon move out of the slums! Good! I’m not sure why she and her family will could has not yet move out of the slums, since you would think that it would take far less than $145,000 to get the F out of T, but that is great news! Because it is still sounding pretty grim:

Her family now lives in an illegal shanty pieced together of bubble-gum pink corrugated metal in the Mumbai slum of Garib Nagar, “City of the Poor.” The shack was torn down by civic authorities on December 30 for the second time in eight months — though the family quickly pieced it back together.

Of course, regardless of the fate of Rubina Alli, or the other two Mumbai children plucked from the slums to star in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, there are still thousands (millions?) of children living in the same horrifyingly abject poverty that Danny Boyle* aestheticized into a colorful backdrop against which to project his “fantasy.” But they weren’t cute enough to be in the movie, so forget them! Remember how cute those poor kids were? So cute. It’s weird how cute kids can be poor. They are the Susan Boyles of the world, which is a sensitive and respectful comparison to draw. I bet almost all the cute poor kids of the world end up in movies, and then they aren’t poor anymore (but are still very cute), so it all works out. Sorry, ugly kids.

Of course, there are more than a couple instances in the same article in which it is suggested, quite strongly actually, that Rubina Ali may never escape from her life of poverty. And the same goes for her co-stars. But they might! But maybe not! But maybe! Yay?!

It’s just nice to start the day off with such GREAT NEWS.