Director Danny Boyle has attempted to defuse a public uproar in India over the continued difficulties faced by two of the children who had significant roles in his Slumdog Millionaire . Appearing with the children, Rubina Ali, 9, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, at a news conference in Mumbai today (Wednesday), Boyle insisted that he and the producers of the Oscar-winning film have been trying to move them into "legal accommodation." Both children lost their shanty homes when authorities demolished parts of their slum earlier this month. The Associated Press reported that a new home has been found for Azhar, but not yet for Rubina. Her father, Rafiq Qureshi, told AP that Boyle and the film's producers have not done enough. "It's no big deal for them, this kind of money. It's been five or six months we've been living in such difficulty. They should help us. ... After the Oscars they forgot about us."

27/05/2009