‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Producers Donate $742,000 to Mumbai

The children of Mumbai are about to get a major helping hand, thanks to the producers of this year’s Oscars sensation, Slumdog Millionaire.

People magazine reports that the people behind the movie, which was filmed in the poverty-stricken Indian city, are donating $742,000 to provide healthcare and education for Mumbai’s youth. The money will be used to create a five-year program through international children development organization Plan.

“Having benefited so much from the hospitality of the people of Mumbai it is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city in areas where it is needed most and where it can make a real difference to some lives,” the film’s director, Danny Boyle, noted.

What’s more, a separate trust, called the Jai Ho Trust, has been set up for two of the film’s stars, Rubiana Ali and  Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, to provide for their housing and education.

Slumdog Millionaire has shown audiences around the world a snapshot of what life is like for one in six people on the planet,” notes Plan UK’s chief executive Marie Staunton. “Education really is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so we will focus the funds on getting children into school, keeping them there and ensuring they are healthy.”