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Slumdog kids to campaign for Congress, Jai Ho !!

Slumdog Millionaire characters Latika and Salim were played by Rubina Quereshi and Azhar

Slumdog Millionaire characters Latika and Salim were played by Rubina Quereshi and Azhar

Slumdog Millionaire characters Latika and Salim were played by Rubina Quereshi and Azhar

Azhar and Rubina, both about 10 years old apparently have been asked to campaign for the congress party in the forthcoming elections. Plans are being worked out now. From everyone complaining about Slumdog Millionaire because it show cases poverty in slums, to our Parliament congratulating the film makers and the Media circus taking off on the new found celebrities, our attitude to the film has been entirely schizophrenic.

Of course the kid’s lives can never be the same, and provided their eduction does not suffer, why not ? Why should anyone’s life not be bettered if it can.

But to use them at this age for electioneering ?? Congress has bought the rights to the song Jai Ho for the current elections too. So watch for Azhar and Rubina on trucks with loudspeakers blaring Jai Ho !!

Written by noted film maker and guest writer Mr Shekhar Kapur

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