"It's a very nice house and we are really happy. It's nice that now our environment would change. We'll have all the facilities of water and other necessities. I am really thankful to Danny Sir, director of the film that he provided us with a new house," said Samina Banu, Ismail's mother. Ismail got his new home in an upmarket Mumbai suburb on Saturday.
The Jai Ho Trust, named after the film's award-winning track and set up by the producers, bought the Rs.21 lakh home on Ismail's behalf and will give it to him when he turns 18. Ismail's earlier dwelling, a tarpaulin and sheet hut, was demolished by the civic authorities in May as it was illegal. The Jai Ho Trust is looking for a house for Ismail's co-star Rubina Ali, who still lives in a slum with her family.