'Slumdog' cash-in

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"Slumdog" kids
Rubina Ali (center) is flanked by her "Slumdog
Millionaire" co-stars Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
(left) and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail.

(Mike Clarke/Getty Images)


OK, I know those "Slumdog" kids have been through a lot, but a book deal? Really?

Transworld Publishers is planning on publishing the life story of 9-year-old Rubina Ali -- one of the child stars of the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire." The book will tell the story of her life in the shantytown where she grew up. (One might argue that she's not exactly "grown up" yet, but hey, who am I to know what's going to sell?)

Slumgirl Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars is scheduled to be released in Britain in mid-July. A Transworld rep says some of the royalties will go to the French medical aid organization Medecins du Monde.

I'm not opposed to telling a 9-year-old's story, but I hope the editors allow her own voice to come through so that kids her own age can read it and relate to it.

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It does seem absurd for children who aren't old enough to watch Slumdog Millionaire (the blinding scene, among others, make it totally inappropriate for pre-teens) to be offered a bio of one of its stars.

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