'Slumdog' kid arrives home to tumultuous welcome

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (ANI): Rubina Ali, who played the younger version of the female lead in the Oscar winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire', received grand welcome by the slum dwellers in Mumbai.

She was carried on shoulders by the slum dwellers of Garibnagar in Mumbai.

Rubina was one of several cast members of the film who were flown to Los Angeles to attend the Oscar Awards ceremony, in which 'Slumdog Millionaire' won eight Oscars, including best picture and best director.

Rubina, who was busy giving interviews to news channels, was happy with her celebrity status.

"People caught us as soon as we arrived and asked for an interview. I was little scared. Danny Boyle uncle welcomed us when we reached there. It was a nice experience," she said.

Rubina, along with co-star Azharuddin Ismail, were to receive new homes from the Indian authorities after the small-budget movie swept the Oscars. She currently lives in a tiny hovel in the slum near railway tracks where Ismail lives.

Earlier, there was an outcry after pictures emerged of the child stars living in squalor despite the 15 million dollars movie earning about 100 million dollars since its North American release last November. (ANI)

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