From the slums to the stars - nine-year-old heroine of Danny Boyle's hit film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE tells her story
From the Back Cover
'My name is Rubina Ali. I don't know when my birthday is, and nor does my father, but I do know that I am nine years old'
Young Rubina is a one-in-a-million-star. After being picked from among the five-hundred slum children who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, she saw her fairytale dream of stardom come true. But what does the future hold for a little girl now trapped between Hollywood glamour and the bleak poverty of her home life?
Now she tells her own incredible story, from playing marbles with her friends beside the sewers of Garib Nagar in Mumbai, to her father's job as a cart-puller and how she adores to act out the dances from the hundreds of Bollywood films she and her family watch on their old television set. Rubina brings alive a world of wastelands and rat-infested shanty dwellings, and invites us into her own home, a wooden shack with a tarpaulin roof, where she lives with her beloved father and siblings. She tells us how she was soaked to the skin ten times with water till her special rain scene was exactly right, how her co-star came to be covered head to toe in chocolate, and how she met Nicole Kidman while filming a big-budget ad for Schweppes. How has this little girl's intimate world changed since Hollywood came knocking? And what will happen to her next?
Royalties from this book to be shared between the author and Médecins du Monde in India.