Dad Wants to Sell Slumdog Child Star

Rubina Ali's dad asks for $300k to adopt 9-year-old
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2009 12:52 PM CDT
Dad Wants to Sell Slumdog Child Star
Rubina Ali Qureshi, 9, center, and Azhar Mohammed Ismail, 10, left, walk after a meeting with a non-governmental organization in Mumbai, India, Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

The family of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali really is stuck in the slums of Mumbai, and her father may be trying to trade her in for his ticket out, the News of the World reports. The tab contacted Rafiq Qureshi, posing as a rich Dubai couple interested in adopting Rubina, after hearing that Qureshi had offered to sell her.

"I have to consider what's best for me, my family and Rubina's future," said Qureshi, who claims that he has "got nothing out of this film." His $300,000 asking price is equivalent to millions of rupees, and far beyond Rubina's salary for the movie ($3000), not to mention Qureshi's daily wage of $4. (More Slumdog Millionaire stories.)

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