Thursday, June 11, 2009

Slumdog filmmakers

An article in today's Edmonton Sun states that the filmmakers of the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire have purchased a new home for one of the child stars they pulled from the slums of Mumbai, India.


And by new home, I mean a $55,000, 23-square-metre, one-bedroom apartment for him and his family. (Frankly, I'm pretty sure these filmmakers spent at least that much when catering one of their staff lunches, but I digress.)

I don't mean to sound so bitter -- granted, the filmmakers did set up a trust fund for these kids to claim when they're 18 and have completed their education -- but what took the filmmakers so long to remove them from living in complete poverty?

Had Mumbai officials not demolished the shanty homes where the kids were living, would these filmmakers have even stepped in at all?

Those kids were the true stars of that film, which earned over $160 million at the box office, and yet they were simply sent back to live in poverty once Hollywood wasn't watching.

Total shame.

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