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Slumgirl Dreaming

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My name is Rubina Ali. I don't know when my birthday is, and nor does my father, but I do know that I am nine years old.

Young Rubina is a one-in-a-million star. Plucked from among five hundred slumkids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, she saw her fairy-tale dream of stardom come true. Now that she has stepped into t
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Did you see the movie Slumdog Millionaire? Depending on your age, maybe not as it's a rated "R" film. But it did win the Oscar for Best Movie in 2008. One of the actresses in the movie was Rubina Ali, an 8-year-old girl born in the slums of India.

SLUMGIRL DREAMING tells Rubina's exciting story from the auditions for Slumdog Millionaire through the crazy time of the Oscars. Rubina shares her positive attitude and her amazement at the
Riya A.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-ii, goal-reading
Rubina, the author and protagonist of this book was a poor girl who lived in the slums of India. Her family was poor and had nothing, that is until a Hollywood crew was looking for a child from the slums, to play a part in Slumdog Millionaire. She and a few others were chosen to audition for this part. She had gotten the part and before she knew it, she got an Oscar as well. She describes the massive change in lifestyle from the slums of India to Hollywood, and how all her years of suffering res ...more
Khantey Lim
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-to-read
Here we go! Rubina is right, the film is just a film but it gives hope. Her story as well is giving hope. Beside studying, I like singing, dancing, and acting. I just to enjoy them. I'm kind of a movie-diverse watcher, if that's the word. I watch Indian, Khmer, Korean, English, Chinese, sometimes Thai and Phillipines movies. When I finish a movie and sees that it is really touching or interesting, I start to act it out. It was so much fun. Like Rubina, I always dream of acting in a film, you kno ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chn-biography
Rubina Ali was one of the main child actors in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). In this autobiography, she talks about her life in the Mumbai slums, her way through the auditions, the filming, her attendance at the Oscar award-ceremony as well as how her life was impacted by the sudden success. The two journalists working on this book with her have done a fine job in maintaining Rubina's voice, the voice of a nine/ten-year old girl who had never seen anything outside of the Ban ...more
Rana Mirza
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Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
While I respect and appreciate Rubina's work in movies, my opinion below is solely regarding this book.
Reading this book sitting in a comfy chair, taking breaks in between to have food and snacks can only make me experience very little of what is written in the book (That doesn't mean you have to go to slum to read it). It is about the journey of a slum girl towards achieving her dreams (duh! It's in the name.) I like to think that I have some degree of empathy, but I felt this story to be too
Sophie Tse
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This book makes my heart warm. Rubina Ali was a small girl with nothing and lived in a slum, but this book is on her journey about how she left her home and became famous.
I decided to read this book because i saw it in the public library and it caught my eye. It also had colourful pictures in it and i'd never read a biography before.
The spot this book fills on my bingo board is the 'A diary, autobiography or biography' category.
My favourite quote from the b
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: form-i
In this book Rubina, the author, shows the reader that even though she started out in the slums of India, she can make it to Hollywood. I also think Rubina wrote this book trying to clear her and her families name because of some false rumors spread about them. In this autobiography, Rubina and her friends live in the mucky slums of India. She used to have the same routine, going to school and bathing in the filthy sewage water, but this all changed when a big Bollywood producer came seeking for ...more
Louise Jones
i just needed a gentle read and got it from this book it is ages since the book came out as it was soon after the film which was yeons ago but just needed some gentle reading in the humid weather which this was i remember the story vaguely and then came back tome and as the book stated on various occasions it gave us what we all needed hope it was at times really happy but towards the end a mixture of emotion sad and anger at people and how cld do such things but at least rubina had a taste of ...more
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DRA:? Reading level: grades 4-6

Young Rubina Tells her story of how she was chosen among five hundred slum kids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. She accounts her life experiences before and after fame living with her family in the slums of Bandra, India. She describes the glamour and comfort she experienced while visiting the USA during the Oscars, as well as the grand reception she got in India after coming back. She tells of the many pro
This was such an honest autobiography.
Rubina's voice was clear, sweet and young. The grim realities of her life were fascinating and very, very sad. I could understand a lot of what she was saying, and even though I've actually seen some of the things she was talking about, living in Pakistan, it still shocked me.
It was however a lot of fun to have a full on look behind the scenes and walk along her, on the path to the stars.
Kathy Chung
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, asian
Mama Kucing Books : Slumgirl Dreaming : My Journey to the Stars by Rubina Ali with 2 Others

This is a book that leaves me with a nice feeling after reading.
Priscilla Pavljuk
It was a very nice read. It was nice to read about what happened on the other side of the movie screen.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
A touching story of a girl from the slums and her dreams. A must read!
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
A pleasant and interesting read but definitely not a "must read".
I think this book gives you a clear understanding of what some people have to live in.
Jennett Lockrow
I was hoping to find a fun autobiography to read with my class, but I was disappointed. It's a quick, easy read, but there's just not much substance to it.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must watch the movie now.
Grace Kenganzi
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honest and heartwarming.
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Rubina Ali (also known as Rubina Qureshi) is an Indian child actress, who played the youngest version of Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Following the film's success, she has been cast in the upcoming Bollywood film Kal Kisne Dekha (2009).