The two child actors are to receive new homes from the Indian authorities after the small-budget movie swept the Oscars. Ali currently lives in a tiny hovel in the same rubbish strewn slum near railway tracks where Ismail lives. Open sewers run nearby and neither children’s homes have running water.
There was an outcry after pictures emerged of the child stars living in squalor despite the $15 million movie earning about $100 million since its North American release last November.
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