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Slumdog child actors going to the oscars

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Given more information, the comments posted, and this article, I’ve changed my mind and think they’ve done a good job


Written by rexinfinite

February 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Posted in depressing, life story, outrageous

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  1. From what I read on this, the kids previously weren’t in school and had no money. Now they have are been in school and have a trust fund set up for when they are mature. They get a a monthly allowance for food and books. Boyle has spoken out about the kids’ payments: In order to prevent the their families from taking all their money and giving the kids no motivation to go through school, he made agreements with the children that once they turn 18 and graduate, they receive a fairly big amount and are in control of their own finances by then.


    February 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

  2. Well, that’s good to know! and it makes sense. It’s hard though isn’t it.. to see they are still stuck in the slums


    February 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  3. it is


    February 20, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  4. As mentyioned by Tree, I think you have not done teh production team justice. Friends of mine work with people on the film and there appears they did a little more. The parents have been gven money to buy a home, feed and cloth the kids and ensure they continue with school till 18. At that stage they get access to their fund.

    The issue for them was the effect money would have on their lives. It has a habit of ruining things if you get my drift. It’s sad they still live in the slums but i’ not sure there is a better way.

    I think the ability to live in a house, with enough food and clothes and a covenant to continue in school may just be the best help anyone could have given them afterall, most of that we call welfare and it’s a shame the Indian govt can’t do more.

    On balance I think it is a good way to remunerate, all things considered.


    February 20, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  5. Thats how the Daily Mail can fuck you up Rex!
    Didn’t read the original post but I can guess.
    I would’ve thought you would have argued that it was still good for the kids even if they didn’t get sorted…they would have had a great experience and would have done better begging if they had a sob story about how they were exploited by the evil western filmakers.
    How much does Bollywood pay slum kids when it uses them for films? Fuck all I’d guess.
    As you’d say: child labour is a bad thing but its better than nothing…
    PS Big up Danny Boyle!


    February 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

  6. I’ve seen their slum, and its a nice one.


    February 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm

  7. tree – hardly their fault!
    HOPE is a fairly non-copyrightable word. There must be hundreds of Hope organisations. Hardly the same as Coke!


    February 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm

  8. Full English,

    I’m quite certain Jackshaftoe would happily move into their slum to live a peaceful life until he inherited a trust in 10 years time.. as long as he went to school and stayed out of trouble I’m sure.

    It all sounds like pretentious middle class paternalism.


    February 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm

  9. rex – youve lost me


    February 24, 2009 at 9:05 pm

  10. BBC just reported that the Mumbai government has given the families of the slum dwellers new homes.

    Jack… my point is that it’s all well and good to say the producers, who have just netted x number of millions of dollars have done enough by setting up a trust fund and sending the kids to school. But that’s a very middle class perspective of patronizing the lower classes.

    To me the child actors were the best part of the film, and deserved as much as any of the other main actors.


    February 25, 2009 at 11:59 am

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