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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (17 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776370
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the slums to the stars - nine-year-old heroine of Danny Boyle's hit film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE tells her story

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'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.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob McKeown on 5 Aug. 2009
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I loved this book, it covers so much and does it in a very beautiful way. It talks about slum life, family stories, her love of bollywood and TV, auditions, filming and the aftermath.
But it doesn't just cover that with obvious statements and stories that you would expect it to; there was no sentences like "slum life was hard" or "filming was fun" - she really went into detail. She explains how she and her friends took advantages of the bad things about the slums, such as using the vast but cramped space to play hide and seek. And she explains how she got on with the cast and crew of slumdog millionaire, and how the movie affected her life back home.

What I'm trying to say is that it is a greatly interesting book, written from a perspective we have never seen before: a poor girl from India who wants to become an actress. It's a very common situation, but one that hasn't even been touched on before. And it also makes you look at the movie in a new way, it instantly made "Young Latika" my new favourite character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By junekehoe on 19 Jan. 2013
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I have already read this could not put it down what a amazing resilient child and heart warming.I brought this for a friend who visited india and wants to go back and visit the slums,she loved it you just cant put it down
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