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Slumdog Millionaire

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar

What a brilliant film this is. It deserves every award it wins. But, although Dev Patel does a good job in the main role, much praise has to be heaped upon the two little scallywags, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (the young Jamal) and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (the young Salim).

I am not going into details about the plot, many others have done that already. All I want to say is that, without these two kids, there would be no film. I hope they get just recognition for their performances.

It seems that so often, youngsters are pulled into a film, then disappear into obscurity.

What happened to Ignatius Juma, the star of Kibera Kid?

  1. January 17, 2009 at 18:00

    I saw Slumdog Millionaire today. Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say.

    The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good.

  2. Lizza Ali
    March 6, 2009 at 18:49

    Azharuddin and Ayush did an awesome job.
    I watch this film about 5 times already
    just because of these two kids
    lets not forget Rubina Ali, who made the film so emotional with her expressions.
    These kids are gifted

  3. Stegg
    March 6, 2009 at 19:07

    The three little kids were brilliant, but a lot of credit has to go to Danny Boyle for bring out their best.
    I hope that they get an opportunity to raise themselves out of the slums and make a good life for themselves and their families.

  4. September 14, 2009 at 05:10

    Hey.. Ignatius Juma is in High School, in a boarding school in Western Kenya, now in Form 1. During the holidays, he still works with Hot Sun Foundation on various projects. One of those projects is here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35zuMPPOor0

    The media is to blame for not doing follow up stories on these children. their lives go on, whether or not the world is watching.

  5. Stegg
    October 15, 2009 at 10:01

    I am glad to hear that Ignatius Juma is doing well. It would appear that the young stars of Slumdog millionaire are also doing well, although the youngest “Salim Malik’s” father died recently.

  6. motheo sekele
    October 15, 2010 at 16:05

    how are you supporting ignatius juma? you really need to do something for him

    • October 15, 2010 at 18:03

      Hi Motheo Sekele
      Why do you think that I should support Ignatius? He is, apparently, going to school and working with the Hot Sun Foundation on various projects.
      He is in Kibera, I am in Kisii, and it would appear he is being well looked after. I hope this is correct. From what I have seen, the boy has talent, but I am not a film-maker, just a lowly engineer.

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