Trust Fund Intact for Slumdog's Rubina

Apr. 21 2009, Published 9:33 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email has learned that a trust established for nine-year-old Slumdog Millionaire sweetheart Rubina Ali remains safe, despite an alleged plot for her father to sell the young girl.

Slumdog director Danny Boyle and film producers established the Jai Ho (Be Victorious) Fund, to provide a future for Ali and her 10-year-old costar Azharuddin Ismali after the film's tremendous buzz campaign quieted.

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Trust chairman Noshir H. Dadrawala tells us the funds are "protected,"  and that he is  working with both her parents and local authorities to ensure it remains so.

British paper News Of  The World first reported that Alis' father, Rafiq Qureshi, allegedly tried to sell her for $295,000 USD, and allegedly claimed a wealthy family could best care for her.

The Jai Ho Fund guarentees $40 per month for books and food and secures a placve for Ali at a local schoool. The full amount of the trust has not been revealed -- on top of their monthly stipend both Ali and Ismali will receive a lump sum when they turn 18.

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The probe into the News Of The World allegations continues by authorities in India.

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