'Slumdog...' children were under-paid, allege parents

London, Jan 27 (IANS) The parents of two shantytown child actors whose skills helped "Slumdog Millionaire" win Oscar nominations and millions in gate receipts have said they were underpaid by the film's makers.

The parents of Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who live along railway tracks in Bandra, Mumbai, have accused the film's producers of exploiting and underpaying the eight-year-olds, the Daily Telegraph reported in a front-page report Tuesday.

They said Rubina, who played Latika, was paid 500 pounds for a year's work while Azharuddin, who acted as Salim, received 1,700 pounds.

The British newspaper said they were paid “considerably less”