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Friday, June 5, 2009

'Slumdog' kids visit Hong Kong for charity show

The child stars of the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire" traded the shanties of Mumbai for Hong Kong's skyscrapers today as they arrived for a charity fundraising performance. 

Already media-savvy from intense coverage after the film's success, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali patiently waved and posed for photographers as they stepped into the arrival hall at Hong Kong's international airport. 

Several dozen photographers from Hong Kong's celebrity-obsessed press corps swarmed the children as they made their way to a brief welcoming ceremony nearby, with 10-year-old Azhar riding on their baggage cart. 

A guardian traveling with the children shielded them from interviews, but 9-year-old Ayush -- whose character in the movie famously jumps down from an outhouse so he can rush to an Indian film star to get his autograph -- said he wanted to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. 

The three stars are due to sing and dance at a live broadcast Saturday to raise funds for the Hong Kong charity The Community Chest and stage performances at two shopping malls on Sunday. 
"Slumdog Millionaire" is about an orphan from the shantytowns of Mumbai who becomes the champion of the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and reunites with his childhood love.

Source: Agencies.

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