OK, so I finally got around to watching this movie a couple of weeks ago. I had been worried that I would hate it and it would depress me, but I actually loved it, and now I get why everyone cares so much about those little child stars from the film. So now I’m going to start covering the stories about them, including this one.
Rubina Ali, the 9-year-old who plays young Latika in the film, is releasing a book of her memoirs called Slumdog Dreaming.
July 16 will find her book, Slumdog Dreaming, simultaneously released in the U.S. and U.K. Publisher Transworld, says, besides recounting Oscar night, Ali will tell her story of “playing marbles with her friends beside the sewers of Garib Nagar in Mumbai, to dancing along to the Bollywood films she and her family watch on their old television set.
“Rubina brings alive a world of wastelands and rat-infested shanty dwellings, and shows us her home, a wooden shack with a tarpaulin roof, where she grew up with her beloved father and siblings,” says the statement.
Despite her newfound fame and hectic promotional schedule — Rubina accompanied the other child stars of Slumdog to a Hong Kong charity event this weekend — the young woman still lives in poverty. Her Mumbai slum was razed several weeks ago, prompting worldwide concern for her safety
I’m sure this book will sell well enough to support her for many, many years in Mumbai — I just hope whoever’s in charge of her money right now is trustworthy and knows how to invest it wisely.