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Posted in 1 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by slumblogmillionaire
Directed by Danny Boyle
Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)
Produced by Christian Colson
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Vikas Swarup (novel)
Starring Dev Patel
Freida Pinto
Anil Kapoor
Irrfan Khan
Rubina Ali Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Madhur Mittal Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
Tanay Chheda
Saurabh Shukla
Mahesh Manjrekar
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle
Editing by Chris Dickens
Studio Pathé
Celador Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures (USA)
Pathé (UK)
Release date(s) 12 November 2008 (US, limited)
9 January 2009 (UK)
23 January 2009 (India)
23 January 2008 (US, wide)
14 February 2009 (Malaysia)
Running time 120 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $15 million
Gross revenue $159,226,072

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Slumdog millionaire ‘the cool kid actors’

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by slumblogmillionaire


slumdog kid cast oscars

from bottom left   Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Rubina Ali, and Ayush Mahesh Khedekar  

from top left       Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar and Tanay Hemant Chheda                                                                                                      

the cool kids enjoying universal studios


                     rubina-alirubiana ali

                                                Rubina Alitanay_cheda Tanay Chheda, Tanvi Ganish, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwalatanay cheda

Tanay Hemant Chheda is an Indian child actor. He has worked in the critically acclaimed films Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008.

Film Career

Tanay Chheda has worked in three films: Don – The Chase Begins Again in 2006, Taare Zameen Par in 2007, and Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. In Don, he played the role of Dipu, the son of Jasjit (played by Arjun Rampal). In Taare Zameen Par, he played Rajan Damodaran, a handicapped child who is a friend and classmate of the protagonist Ishaan (played by Darsheel Safary). In Slumdog Millionaire, Chheda played the role of Jamal Malik, in adolescence, for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008.



Madhur Mittal plays the  reckless older Salim    

                                                        older salim money in bathtub






Madhur Mittal was born in Agra, a small town in North India well known for the Taj Mahal. In 1997, Madhur won Boogle Woogle a popular reality-based dance show on Indian television. Shortly after, his family moved to Mumbai and Madhur forayed into acting and dancing on stage in charity shows, cultural events and film-award ceremonies. He traveled the world performing in over 950 stage shows. As a child actor he worked in well known Hindi films like One Two Ka Four, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, and more recently Say Salaam India. He has also acted in several TV shows including Shakalaka Boom Boom, Kasauti Zindagi Ki, Jalwa, Chamatkar and Dastak.

Rubina Ali, Tanay Hemant Chheda, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala,Tanvi Ganish, (bottom left)Ayush Makkesh Khedekar and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail

Should the slumdog cool kid actors get residuals?

Posted in 1 with tags , , , on February 22, 2009 by slumblogmillionaire

The recent headline news story on Rubina Ali was disturbing to me to say the least. New York Times article excerpt This film was one of the most successful movies of this decade. It did something  very unusual for modern day films it embraced  a world audience without the help of main headlining stars. It seems that what the film was trying to accomplish and portraying both seemingly has seems to be entangled together. The very kid actors that the storyline revolved around got paid what some would say minimum wage. They actually got the wages of walk on extras not featured actors. It is never too late to renegotiate contracts from what I understand that a trust fund has been set up for each child. To be fair the creators of this movie phenomenon probably set up the trust funds and paid the child actors with not the expectation of the success that them movie accomplished.

Do not misinterpret this article It  is not a dany boyle bashing article but to raise some concerning questions. With all fairness poverty is a complex cycle. You of course have no control over adult actions. Of course desperate people do stupid things. My questions are but not statements. Should the movie company have bought new homes for the family’s after the unexpected success of this movie since the movie was about rags a rags riches storyline. Should the movie company only  have your classic employee and company relationship? Where the company pays the employee for their services and are not responsible for anything other than that. Are they are only responsible to make money and not deemed responsible for no more than that?

 I thought very hard if there were any western parallels of similar situations. Here is what I came up with. Many US child actors are paid huge sums of money for their talents and attraction or likability. I have read that Bill Cosby of the famed huxtables took in mind the well being of the child actors on that show. I also read in the show full house the producers took in consideration the well  being of  all the child actors including the twins on that show.  My other question is;  now that these children actors have world notoriety and proven likability acting skills will they be embraced by India “Bollywood”  or even US Hollywood. Where is Disney?  I grew up watching  Disney movies and they always proudly said that they always promoted World harmonization that kids from all walks of life. “when you wish upon a star makes no difference who you are” 

If  I was a director or movie producer I would jump at the opportunity to hire these kids especially while their performances in Slumdog is still fresh in the minds of the World. What makes these kids different is that they have not just Bollywood or Hollywood appeal they have World appeal. Finally the lasts question is should danny boyle make and effort to enhance these kids acting careers and make them more marketable, in the acting world if the kids of course want to pursue this. Of course some but not all of the kids in the movie are in different unique financial situations. There has always been a  saying if you take ownership of a cause be sure you know what you are getting into because you just might have  have to follow through on it to make sure the cause is solved or made right. What do you think? Please leave a comment if you have an opinion.