Video: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ kids reunion

Published: March 5, 2014
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Slumdog Millionaire kids reunion. YouTube screenshot

VANCOUVER DESI

The kids of Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire are all grown up.

In a “Slumdog Millionaire Reunion” organized by The Hollywood Reporter, all five child actors are seen in a video interview sharing where they are now and how the movie has changed their lives.

And while it’s been five-years since they accepted their Academy Awards in Los Angeles – and six years since the making of the film itself – they can still vividly recall the Hollywood experience.

“I think even 50 years, or 60 years down the line, all these experiences are definitely going to be super fresh in my mind,” 17-year-old Tanay Chheda (who played the teenage version of Slumdog’s main character Jamal Malik), told The Hollywood Reporter in a video interview from Connecticut, where he attends boarding school. “It was something that really, really touched me and something I’ll cherish forever.”

The stardom allowed them to achieve things they may not have been able to otherwise, like Azharuddin Ismail, who played the youngest version of Salim Malik, now 16-years-old.

“I used to live in a slum, now I live in a nice apartment (in Mumbai) and go to a good school,” he said.

Tanvi Lonkar, who played the teenage version of Latika, is now 19-years-old and pursuing a psychology degree and Ashutosh Gajiwala, who played Salim Malik and is now 20-years-old, is studying mass media and law.

“It was suddenly like our lives just changed,” Lonkar said of the experience.

Watch the full video interview:

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