Although the excitement of last year’s “Best Picture” has died down, the aftermath of the feel-good Slumdog Millionaire saga is just heating up. Word has that director Danny Boyle got so frustrated with all the demands made from child stars Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail on his last trip to India that he just packed it up and went home.
Says the spokesperson for Boyle’s charity:
“He is tired, really tired, the demands are now skyrocketing… Danny is tired, Danny is frustrated at these demands and has left for England. He is very, very upset.”
Unfortunately, it appears that the Jai Ho charity, set up by Slumdog‘s producers, is having real trouble dealing with the two impoverished stars and their families. According to the Guardian, a spokesman for one the families asked Boyle:
“Where is the swimming pool and the bungalow?”
No kidding. According to the initial rules set out by the trust fund, the children must get an education and then they’ll gain access to the trust fund when they reach age 18. Neither child has an attendance record better than 37%.
So, obviously, the families are not taking the demands too seriously… and they have some demands of their own as well. Ismail wants a car for his family, while Ali’s asked for an extra $50k to add to the $82k the trust has already allocated to get the family an apartment.
Both families are asking for health insurance for their extended families.