Rubina Ali life and biography

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Rubina Ali biography

Date of birth : 1999-01-21
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Mumbai, India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-03-05
Credited as : Child actress, Slumdog Millionaire, Kal Kisne Dekha

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Rubina Ali, also known as Rubina Qureshi is an Indian child actress, who played the youngest version of Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Following the film's success, she has been cast in the upcoming Bollywood film Kal Kisne Dekha (2009).

In March 2009, Rubina was cast in the upcoming Bollywood film Kal Kisne Dekha (2009), alongside her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. The film is being directed by Vivek Sharma and will feature the Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in cameo roles.

In July 2009, Rubina's autobiography Slumgirl Dreaming was published, detailing her life so far and her experience filming Slumdog Millionaire.


Like her on-screen character, Rubina comes from one of the slums of Mumbai, living in the Garib Nagar slum near Bandra station. She continues to live in a makeshift shack in the slums. She lives with her father Rafiq, her sister Sana, her brother Abbas and her stepmother Munni. Rubina's biological mother, Khushi, left her father, along with Rubina and her two siblings, five years ago to marry "some rich person" and never returned until recently. Her father re-married and Rubina was raised by her father and stepmother.

Following the success of Slumdog Millionaire at the 2009 Academy Awards, the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority have recommended the children be rehoused, with an official saying the children had "brought laurels to the country" and deserved to be rewarded. On 25 February 2009, the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority announced that Azharuddin as well as Rubina would be given "free houses" so that they would no longer have to live in the Mumbai slum of Garib Nagar. Following this announcement, Rubina's mother, Khushi, returned to claim Rubina and wishes to move in with her to the new flat.

Soon after the success of Slumdog Millionaire, her life was again media focus when her father was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell her for US$290,000.

Rubina Lost her shanty house (the family had still not be properly rehoused despite promises) in fire on March 04 2011, More than 500 huts were destroyed in the city centre blaze, near the Bandra Railway Station. The fire that broke out in one of the houses in the early evening quickly spread to around 500 houses in the locality. The fire was reported to be spreading due to strong winds blowing into the city.

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