October 29, 2009

'Slumdog' Kids Truancy?

Word has it some of the stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" have been skipping out of school, and the 'Slumdog' kids' truancy puts them at risk of losing their trust fund money?

The two child stars of the oscar winning movie that showed the life of poverty in India's slums, and used real kids from there to play the parts, have a trust set up now by the filmmakers to make sure they are well cared for. But the people who run the trust say the kids' attendance rates are only at 37% and 27% percent right now, and this may put their trusts in jeopardy. The families say there have been reasons for the low attendance, and threatening to stop the money because of the Slumdog kids' truancy is unfair.

I certainly would hope for these kids to attend school, but I have to ask: are American child actors held to the same standards before they can get their paycheck for the movies they are in? I'm all in favor of encouraging the kids to stay on the right path, but seems to me if they earned the money they (or at least their family) should get the money, at the end of the day.

'Slumdog' Kids Truancy? WJZ

The two child stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" are at risk of losing their monthly stipend and their trust fund if they don't attend school more regularly, a trustee for the fund said Thursday. Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 11, and Rubina Ali, 10, shot to fame after starring in the Oscar-winning movie...

'Slumdog' Kids Truancy?

Posted at October 29, 2009 4:32 PM

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