Belfast Telegraph

Friday 6 March 2015

Slumdog star loses home in blaze

Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali's home burned down after a fire ripped through a Mumbai slum (AP)
Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali's home burned down after a fire ripped through a Mumbai slum (AP)

The shanty home of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali has burned down in a fire that raged through a crowded slum in the Indian city of Mumbai.

Rubina said most of the awards that she received for her role as a poverty-stricken child in the Oscar-winning film have been destroyed in the blaze that erupted in the Garib Nagar slum on Friday night.

The 12-year-old star said she and other members of her family were watching television when they heard shouts of a fire and ran out of their tin-roofed shanty.

Rubina said the family is waiting to move into a new apartment paid for by a trust set up by the film's director Danny Boyle.

"We just grabbed what we could and dashed out. The fire spread so fast we couldn't get back in," said Rafiq Ali, Rubina's father.

Rubina said she had lost all her awards and her collection of newspaper clippings and photographs from the success of the 2008 film.

"It's all gone. Even my best clothes, everything," said a tearful Rubina.

Rubina played the young Latika in Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches blockbuster that won eight Oscars.

Police were investigating the cause of the fire, which left 21 people injured and 2,000 homeless.

Fires often break out in Mumbai's sprawling slums, usually sparked by electrical short circuits from the many thousands of illegal power connections.

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