Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, the child stars of Oscar-award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, have agreed to visit Britain to attend a tea party hosted in their honour at the House of Commons.
Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz, who had extended them an invitation in April to visit the UK, has revealed their plan and said that he is delighted to hear from the families of Rubina and Azhar that they have accepted his invitation.
The children will attend a tea party at the House of Commons in Westminster, where they will also meet their fans and other distinguished guests.
Leicester East MP Vaz had extended an invitation to the children as he felt that it is important for the children to have the opportunity to visit UK to meet their British fans.
"Rubina and Azhar performed brilliantly in the film and their lives have been followed with great interest by the public in the UK. I hope this party in the House of Commons will go some way to thanking them for the joy they brought to millions of viewers." Vaz said.
Date for the visit has not been finalised. The visit will be sponsored by a number of individuals and organisations, Vaz said in a statement. The children have already been to the USA to attend the Oscar ceremony but have not yet had the chance to visit the UK.
Image: Rubina and Azhar during a fashion show in New Delhi
Text: PTI | Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters