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However a spokesman for the film’s American distributors, Fox Searchlight, disputed this saying the fees were more than three times the average annual salary an adult in their neighbourhood would receive. Both children were found places in a local school and receive £20 a month for books and food.
However, they continue to live in grinding poverty and their families say they have received no details of the trust funds set up in their names.
"A plan has been in place for over 12 months to ensure that their experience working on Slumdog Millionaire would be of long term benefit.
For 30 days work, the children were paid three times the average local annual adult salary.
Rubina and Azharuddin live a few hundreds yards from each other in a tangle of makeshift shacks alongside Mumbai’s railway tracks at Bandra.
But it has emerged that the children, who played Latika and Salim in the early scenes of the film, were paid less than many Indian domestic servants.
We are extremely proud of this film, and proud of the way our child actors have been treated." Last night, Mr Boyle and the film’s producer Christian Colson defended their arrangements for the children.
In a written statement they said that that they had “paid painstaking and considered attention to how Azhar and Rubina’s involvement in the film could be of lasting benefit to them over and above the payment they received for their work”.
The film tells the real-life story of a Saroo Brierley, a young boy who becomes lost and separated from his family after a long train ride and, after surviving harrowing conditions in Calcutta, is eventually adopted by an Australian couple, played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham.
Patel portrays Brierley as an adult who, utilizing Google Earth, returns to the land of his birth to attempt to find his biological mom.They should pay more,” he said, wafting away the smoke from a nearby fire. I just had no knowledge of what she should have been paid.” His daughter has been overwhelmed by the glamour of her experience and idolises Freida Pinto, the screen beauty who plays her character as an adult, with whom she attended the Indian premiere of the film last week .“I want to be a star like Freida,” she said.