Slumdog Millionaire actress Rubina Ali "offered for sale" by her father

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  1. Label Basher

    Label Basher New Member

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    What do you think of this -

    Slumdog Millionaire actress Rubina Ali "offered for sale" by her father

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    The poverty-stricken father of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali has offered to sell her for £200,000, it has been claimed.

    Rafiq Qureshi, who lives in a one of India's worst slums in the city of Mumbai, reportedly attempted to make an illegal adoption deal for the nine-year-old girl.

    "We are considering Rubina's future," Mr Qureshi is alleged to have told a man posing as a prospective buyer.

    We've got nothing out of this film. They haven't looked after us. They gave some money at the start, but they gave nothing afterwards. They gave us around 150,000 rupees (£2,000).

    "They've been talking about giving us a house, but all they do is talk."

    He referred the caller to his brother-in-law, Rajan More, who said: "Rubina's life is miserable and she lives here with her stepmother. Most of the time she stays with me because she is not happy at her parents' home.

    "Obviously if you wanted to adopt, we could discuss this, but her parents would expect some proper compensation in return. We are talking around £50,000 for this to happen."

    However at a subsequent meeting the price was said to have risen to £200,000.

    His brother Mohiuddin was quoted as saying: "The child is special now. This is not an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child."

    Slumdog Millionaire, which tells how one of India's poorest, a 'slumdog', wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, has taken £185 million at box offices worldwide.

    Mr Qureshi said he had only been given a small amount of money despite the success of the film.

    He added: "What they showed in the film is exactly how life is here. The government doesn't help us. We get nothing.

    "We live in one room, seven of us sleep on the floor. I earn £2 to £3 a day. I have to consider what is best for me, my family and for Rubina's future."

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/...ubina-Ali-offered-for-sale-by-her-father.html

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    I'm hesitant to make a comment on this. It's like did they get any money from the movie or not. Overall it's horrible.

    And didn't she just film a commerical with Nicole Kidman the other week she should have got some money from that surely.
     
  2. candlebougie

    candlebougie An die Freude.

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    I believe the money they "received" are all in a savings bond, strictly saved for the children, and will be available to them upon turning 18. So in all, they didn't receive anything except paper work.
     
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    god. this is very disappointing. for money one gets corrupted so fast.

    he is willing to do that all. "selling" his daughter ?? .. seriously, this is just very pathetic of that man and hope something will be done about this.
     
  5. Urban Stylin

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    as much as i condemn what he is doing, the reality is that the conditions many of the slum dwellers are in can drive one to do all kinds of crazy. i guess we should neither judge nor condone
     
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    where's Madonna :rolleyes:

    ok, i'll stop joking. actually that's pretty sad :(
     
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    WTF! First, her mother, who has abandoned her when she was little, comes back to claim her "share" of her daughters's success. Now this. Poor girl. :cry:
     
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    I was so appalled when I read this, but the sad reality is stuff like this is all too common.
     
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    Translation: The father cannot get his hand on any money.
     
  10. Label Basher

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    Backtracking.....

    Father denies 'selling' Slumdog Millionaire star for £200,000


    The father of a child actress in the film Slumdog Millionaire is offering to sell her for £200,000, it was claimed yesterday. Rafiq Qureshi, who lives in poverty in Mumbai, reportedly attempted to trade nine-year-old Rubina Ali in an illegal adoption deal. Rubina played the young heroine Letika in the movie, which has grossed £185million worldwide and swept the board at the Oscars.

    The claims were made following a 'sting' operation by the News of the World, which said it had been alerted that the child was for sale in a tip-off from a former family neighbour. It was reported that the little girl, her father and uncles all went to a hotel to meet the 'prospective buyers', supposedly a family from Dubai, to discuss the deal in detail.

    Confronted about the story yesterday, Rafiq Qureshi angrily denied that he was trying to sell Rubina, instead insisting that he was discussing a film role. A source close to the family told the Daily Mail: 'Rafiq was told to bring Rubina to the hotel, where a rich man wanted to discuss a job with him.

    'He happily agreed because Rubina can earn good money since her Slumdog success. She has had many movie offers. Rafiq didn't understand everything that was being said to him but he was happy to discuss money for a wellpaying job for his daughter. He loves her like any father loves his daughter.

    But check this out -

    Family catfight after allegations that Slumdog Millionaire star's father tried to sell her for £200,000

    A spectacular catfight between the mother and stepmother of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali has been caught on camera.

    Tearing at each other's hair and slapping each other across the face, the two women traded blows - watched by Rubina - in the middle of Mumbai's Garib Nagar slums as neighbours watched yesterday.

    The bitter fight over custody of Rubina - who was abandoned as a baby by her mother and raised by father Rafiq Qureshi and stepmother Munni - started after reports that Qureshi tried to ‘sell’ his daughter.

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    Catfight: Rubina Alia's biological mother Khushi (right) attacks her stepmother Munni (left) in a row over reports her father had tried to sell her

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    Row: The women grapple in the street, seemingly unaware of their audience

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    Aghast: Rubina (centre) watches the argument unfold alongside her grandmother (dressed in a yellow sari)

    The fight was the second between the two women, who first came to blows after Rubina returned from the Oscars. Khushi said: 'My husband must have hidden Rubina. I am sure that they want to sell my daughter. They want to bank on her stardom, and that's why they wanted her custody.’ After seeing Munni talking to reporters, Khushi launched a verbal attack, accusing Munni of using black magic to control Rubina.

    As neighbours rushed to break up the catfight, an outnumbered Khushi grabbed a wooden stick and again attacked her rival. With tears rolling down her face, Rubina's stepmother said: 'Khushi has been after Rubina since the time she went to the Oscars. For seven years before that, she didn't care. 'Why would we sell Rubina? She is her father's favourite. I love Khushi's children more than she would have loved them.'

    Following the fight, Qureshi said: 'As far as Khushi is concerned, she left Rubina when she was two years old. Why should we give her custody now? The children are happy with us. ‘These reports are not true. I went to the hotel to shoot an ad film. I would never sell my daughter.’

    Rubina played the young heroine Letika in the movie, which has grossed £185million worldwide and swept the board at the Oscars. It had been hoped that the film's success would transform Rubina's life.

    But her father and an uncle were said to have claimed that they are being forced to put her up for sale because the family has not received enough of the proceeds. They were accused of using her fame as a bargaining tool to push up the price they can get for her - first asking £50,000 and later quadrupling the amount.

    The uncle, Moihuddin Qureshi, was said to have told an undercover reporter: 'The child is special now. This is not an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child.'
    The claims were made following a 'sting' operation by the News of the World, which said it had been alerted that the child was for sale in a tip-off from a former family neighbour.

    It was reported that the little girl, her father and uncles all went to a hotel to meet the 'prospective buyers', supposedly a family from Dubai, to discuss the deal in detail. A source close to the family told the Daily Mail: 'Rafiq was told to bring Rubina to the hotel, where a rich man wanted to discuss a job with him. 'He happily agreed because Rubina can earn good money since her Slumdog success. She has had many movie offers. Rafiq didn't understand everything that was being said to him but he was happy to discuss money for a well-paying job for his daughter. He loves her like any father loves his daughter.

    According to the News of the World, Mr Qureshi is desperate to make the most of his daughter's success and get them out of their hut in the Mumbai slum known as Poor Man's Colony. It claimed he had already been approached by a family from Dubai, but was hoping to start a bidding war.

    Rafiq allegedly directed a reporter to his brother-in-law Rajan More, who said: 'Rubina's life is miserable. Obviously if you wanted to adopt, we could discuss this, but her parents would expect some proper compensation return. We are talking around £50,000 for this to happen.' Later Rafiq added: 'Whatever money you have agreed with Rajan, I will accept. There is a lot of interest in Rubina - she has become very famous.' Trafficking of poor children from across the Asian subcontinent has become an increasing problem. Some are sold to the Middle East where they are forced to risk their lives as camel jockeys or subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse. The shack that Rubina calls home is yards from an open sewer. There was an outcry after pictures emerged of her and co-star Azharuddin Mohammed, who played the young Salim, living in squalor despite the film's success.

    Both families have consistently complained that the filmmakers have abandoned them to their fate. Producer Christian Colson told the Daily Mail last night: 'We have friends and colleagues in Bombay who are trying to speak with Mr Qureshi to get to the bottom of what happened. Her family is under a lot of pressure.' He and director Danny Boyle are planning next month to visit the young stars, who were plucked off the street for auditions to star in the film. Mr Colson added: 'Danny and I are committed to Rubina and Azharuddin for the long term. We are trying to keep a roof over their heads, and keep them in school until they are 18. The problem is there are a lot of parties who are telling the parents different things.

    'We agreed to buy apartments a couple of months ago but that process stalled because they decided they wanted the money up front instead.
    'In the past few days we have got things back on track, and are now back looking at apartments.' The film makers have set up a trust to give a lump sum to each child when they are 18. Properties will also be placed in trust, with ownership released to the parents only when the children turn 18 and have completed their education. Mr Colson added: 'We can't buy the properties outright and give them to them, because in all honesty they will sell them.'

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...lionaire-stars-father-tried-sell-200-000.html

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    How sad. Poor girl having to watch that. Look at those people just standing there as they fight.
     
  11. raj

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    People in India marry off their 8 year old daughters to really old men in exchange for cows....so none of this comes as a surprise.

    If what her father claims about wanting to give her up for adoption to provide a better life for her, I don't think it's such a bad idea. But, asking for a ridiculous amount of money in exchange is the equivalent of whoring her out to the highest bidder.
     
  12. Tiffannie

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    That is really cheap for a slave and i hope she has a better life soon
     

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