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How Much for That 'Slumdog' Kid in the Window?

4/19/2009 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Slumdog Millionaire - Rubina AliBeing part of an Oscar winning movie can up your asking price in Hollywood. Apparently it can also up your asking price should your father decide to try and sell you.

Rubina Ali
, the nine-year-old girl who was featured prominently in the Oscar winning "Slumdog Millionaire," was offered up for sale by her father to undercover reporters working for News of the World, the paper is reporting.

The young child star's asking price was roughly $295,000. According to the paper, the price started off much lower when he first began negotiating the deal. Maybe the father forgot to take DVD sales into account.

UPDATE -- Rubina's dad is flatly denying the whole thing, telling the BBC News it was just a "dirty" operation by News of the World.

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31.

SUN    

Not all the people of India operate in such a way. The father is seeking an arranged marriage for his daughter, and he wants her dowry to be high. Sadly, this is very common in many areas of the world. Sounds like this girl would have an arranged marriage anways, the father just wants to take advantage of her status, and ask for a higher dowry. Millions of girls in India, have arranged marriages, and are promised to much older men. The girls can be quite young, when promised to be married to another man. Lets say a girl is 10, and she is already betrothed to be some mans wife. If the man dies, the girl will have the status of widow in India, and she will be worhtless over there, and they are treated like outcasts, even if the child is 10, or younger, and never even has sexual relations. Of course, not all of India is like this, but it still goes on, based on some religous beliefs. We should all be glas we live in the U.S.A.

1825 days ago
32.

derek    

Yes, this is a terrible story - in India it is an everyday one though. I would like some of the blame to be focused on the makers of 'slumdog' who exploited these children. Such talent yet now that the red carpet is gone and profit made - these kids are back in the 'slums' - unlike the fictional character in the film. These people are the real evil that exists in our world.

1825 days ago
33.

Goodtobetheking    

Horrible horrible. Her father Nasim is a so called Christian. Oh well we all know Christianity is the root of all evil along with Judiasm and Islam.

1825 days ago
34.

why?    

IT IS SAD THAT NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS, BUT NOW THEY COME IN THE FORM OF A PROPERTY STRICKEN FAMILY. WHY HAVE CHILDREN IF YOU CAN NOT TAKE CARE OF THEM?
MY FAMILY AND I WOULD STARVE TO DEATH AS A FAMILY INSTEAD OF ME HANDING MY KIDS OVER LIKE A CHEAP BAG OF CHIPS. THAT FATHER ALREADY SPENT THAT GIRLS MONEY, AND HE WILL KEEP FINDING WAYS TO STAY BROKE. IN THE ARTICLE HE SAYS HE WILL NEVER LEAVE THE SLUMS, BECAUSE HE GREW UP THERE, HELLO?.

1825 days ago
35.

its me    

i swear this girl looks like the girl in the commercial where the man is in another country and hes saying how poor the kids are over there and then a train goes by and then he continues talking and the little girl was sitting on his lap. this girl looks JUST LIKE that girl in the commercial. you send money to these kids who are starving.
anyone know what I'm talking about????????????

1825 days ago
36.

LOL    

No big deal here folks, now you're getting to see a slice of Islam that they don't want Westerners to know about: Child marriages aka institutionalized pedophilia.

They're doing what their Mohammad suggested and that is to get rid of a girl child before she has her first period in her father's house. Mohammad himself married a girl of 6 but 'waited' until she was 9 - or would have us believe he waited. It's a big deal in Islam to have a child bride... and Mohammed's child wife's name is Ayesha. He beat her too. Westerners need to read up on the BS that's in the koran. It's NOT a peaceful religion, it's a violent one...

...and this little girl's father is just doing what all Islamic fathers would like to be able to do: get rid of the daughter and get some cash for her.

1825 days ago
37.

Majestic    

You guys live in a dream world.. This happens in every country on this planet. You cant hate a country for some people the same way I try not to hate america for its fat, lazy and ignorant people. But consider what caused him to do it. guilt is a luxury that slum dwellers dont know, they just need to survive. bash me all you want but if you think its wrong do something about rather than insulting without knowing. I have been to India and its a beautiful country.

1825 days ago
38.

Butterfly    

What a beautiful little girl and with a smile that breaks your heart! I do not have the answers as to what people should or should not do, but what I do know is , if we STOP sending jobs to India, and the like, it would hurt them the most, right in their pocketbooks, with the assurance they stop this insane practice of "selling " a human being especially children. Our business leaders can help more than some of our "politicians" who don't give a rat's behind what happens in our country, let alone a foreign one. The only thing they count on is to collect our tax dollars so they can live on "easy street" forever! We know it, they know it.

1825 days ago
39.

Ash    

#7, have you ever heard of something called cultural relativism? Every country has bad paople in it you shouldnt judge an entire country based on one bad apple

1825 days ago
40.

Ash    

#22 PS the caste system is illegal in india.... try to educate yourself before you make stupid comments

1825 days ago
41.

Ash    

#44) I hope you realize that a large chunk of Indians practice Hindu not Islam although there are areas in India with a higher Islam population. You people need to open a book or google information or something cause alot of you make selfrighteous comments that are completely wrong.

1825 days ago
42.

annie    

THAT'S INDIA FOR YOU. IF YOU'RE A FEMALE YOU'RE CONSIDERED WORTHLESS. SO, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE THE JACK-ASS FATHER ? WILL THIS DARLING LITTLE GIRL BE ABLE TO GET AWAY FROM HIM, ? MAYBE GET A SAFE HOME WITH SOMEONE WHO LOVES HER ???

1825 days ago
43.

Nikki    

this is sad!! and not cool!!!

1825 days ago
44.

hahahaha!    

the caste system in India may be illegal but many of the 'people' still practice and live by it, especially Hindus.

1825 days ago
45.

bka62223    

I'm sure that she would trade all of the success that she enjoyed with "Slumdog" for the true love of a father. It's terrrible the depths some people will stoop to. Hopefully there are laws, as well as protective services, in India that will help this poor young lady. I'm sorry that she's made to suffer through such a terrible situation. May God bless her....

1825 days ago
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