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Slumdog Child Star's Slum Shanty Destroyed Again

Thursday, 31 December 2009 12:28 AM

City authorities in Mumbai have destroyed the shanty home of Rubina Ali Qureshi, the nine-year-old girl who became an overnight star when she appeared in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire last year.

Local officials backed by police razed 25 homes that they said were encroaching on railway land in the Garib Nagar slum — City of the Poor — where Rubina lived with her parents and siblings.

Rubina, whose home has been destroyed and rebuilt at least twice this year, told reporters that she and her family would now live with relatives in the same area, behind Mumbai’s Bandra railway station.

Drives to demolish illegal structures are common in Mumbai, where more than half the city’s population of about 18 million live in slums.

Danny Boyle, the British director of Slumdog, has bought flats for Rubina and Azharuddin Ismael Shaikh, her ten-year-old co-star, whose shanty home was also destroyed in May.

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