After all of this turmoil, which is still on-going, director Danny Boyle has admitted that his young stars from the slums were exploited.
WENN reports that in a conversation with Britain's Sunday Times, Boyle discussed how efforts to look after Rubina and Azharuddin are "ongoing," and then fielded a question about whether he thinks he's exploited the kids. Boyle responded:
Talk about an opportunity wasted. "Everyone gets exploited" is not much of an argument, and the discussion would have been an excellent way to not only discuss the ongoing efforts to help the kids, but also open up a discourse about how everyday people -- especially children -- fit into the Hollywood system. What we need now is directors, especially ones like Boyle who have faced these challenges, to draw the line between exploitation and entertainment, and at the very least, admit that more consideration should be given in these situations.Yes. But you exploit everyone in a film and I think we've been responsible. We set up a lot for them before any fuss started. We put them into school and set in place a trust that will look after them until they are 17. When the film became a huge hit, we got money from the profits to buy houses. Rubina has still not moved into the property, but the process is ongoing.* I saw them the last time I was there.
But why bother? Everyone gets exploited, right?
*A recent report says Rubina might finally move into an apartment if deals work out. The process was elongated as her father, understandably, wasn't willing to relocate to another city.