'Slumdog' kids perform on Hong Kong TV

'Slumdog' kids perform on Hong Kong TV


Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali appeared a little nervous while dancing to the movie's hit song 'Jai Ho', sometimes moving out of synch with the adult dancers who were performing with them late Saturday, but they were still warmly applauded by the studio audience.

Rubina wore a long red dress, while Ayush and Azhar wore traditional Indian kurtas.
Presenters announced after the performance that one donor phoned in a contribution of USD 107,000 to The Community Chest charity during the dance number.

The two 10-year-olds and 9-year old are also scheduled to perform at two Hong Kong shopping malls later Sunday.

'Slumdog Millionaire' is about an orphan from Mumbai's shantytowns who wins the Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.' Danny Boyle cast real-life slum residents Azhar and Rubina in the film. Ayush did not grow up in the slums.

Some critics have accused the filmmakers of exploiting Azhar and Rubina, and efforts to improve their living conditions have been complicated by the changing demands of their families and jealousy from their neighbors.

Fearing a lump-sum payment would be squandered, the filmmakers set up a trust fund for the two children. They also donated USD 747,500 to a charity devoted to improving the lives of Mumbai street children.

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