The father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali (who played a young Latika in the Oscar-winning film) reportedly tried selling his 9-year-old daughter for roughly $300,000, but he’s denying such reports to People.com.
Rafiq Quresh says the report is a “lie made up by foreign journalists playing games with me.”
According to News of the World, Rubina’s pop offered the shocking deal to an undercover fake sheik this week, explaining, “I have to consider what’s best for me, my family and Rubina’s future.”
Blaming the filmmakers, he reportedly said, “We’ve got nothing out of this film,” while Rubina’s uncle told the newspaper, “The child is special now. This is NOT an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child!”