Young 'Slumdog' stars headed to Oscars

MUMBAI, India (AP) -- For some young movie stars from India, their first plane trip will take them to the Oscars.

Director Danny Boyle confirms that the child stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" are being flown from India to Los Angeles for Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

The rags-to-riches story, set in the slums of Mumbai, is up for 10 Oscars, including one for best picture.

All nine actors who play the three main characters in three stages of their lives will attend. They include a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl who've never been on a plane, and have never been out of the country.

The film's producer says it was a scramble to get visas and passports for the two youngest stars, whose parents didn't decide until the last minute that they wanted their kids to attend.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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