Slumdog Star's Mom, Stepmom Lock Horns

Stepmom says biological mom had no interest in Rubina Ali until the Oscars
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2009 5:39 PM CDT
Slumdog Star's Mom, Stepmom Lock Horns
Parents of "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Rubina Ali, from right, Munni Quereshi and Rafiq Asghar Ali Quereshi watch the Oscars, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Punit Paranjpe, Pool)

The mother and stepmother of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali slapped and tore at each other in a Mumbai slum today, the Daily Mail reports. The mother started the catfight after Ali's dad, Rafiq Qureshi, was arrested for allegedly trying to sell the 9-year-old for £200,000. “You treacherous b*tch, give my daughter back," Rubina's mother cried as neighbors looked on.

Rubina's mom, Khushi, "has been after Rubina since the time she went to the Oscars,” stepmom Munni said after the fight. “For seven years before that, she didn't care. I love Khushi's children more than she would have loved them." Ali’s father has denied reports of trying to sell Ali. saying foreign journalists played "games with me" and invented the story. Slumdog's concerned director and producer plan to visit the child star next month.
(More Rafiq Quresh stories.)

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