LONDON (AFP) - The father of Slumdog Millionaire child actress Rubina Ali tried to sell his nine-year-old daughter for adoption in a bid to escape the Mumbai slums, a British newspaper said Sunday. News of the World alleged that Rafiq Qureshi wanted R20m ($400,000) for the girl, who played the young Latika in the British hit film set in India. Slumdog Millionaire, a rags-to-riches tale of children from the slums of Mumbai, won eight Oscars in February, including the best picture Academy Award. News of the World said its reporters posed as a wealthy family from Dubai, employing its regular fake sheikh sting tactic. The weekly tabloid said a Mumbai informant told them that Qureshi was touting for the highest offer, having already been approached by a Middle Eastern family. Yes, we are considering Rubinas future, Qureshi was quoted as saying. He put the reporter in touch with his brother-in-law Rajan More. We are interested in securing our girls future, the stars uncle was quoted as saying. If you wanted to adopt we could discuss this, but her parents would also expect some proper compensation in return. Whatever money is agreed by Rajan, I will accept. We can discuss everything about this deal when we meet. Theres a lot of interest in Rubina. Qureshi, Ali, More and some other relatives met the British reporters in a Mumbai hotel, the newspaper said. Its 20 million rupees, the uncle was quoted as saying. This discussion will not go beyond the three of us. But Rubinas father Rafiq Qureshi has denied their claim, saying it was a conspiracy to malign him. They said that Sheikhs wife wanted to adopt Rubina but I said, 'I cant give away my child. They called me again the next day and talked in English. I could not understand but said yes to whatever they said. I never knew it would create such a controversy, Rubinas father said about the meeting. I will never sell Rubina. All these allegations are false. It is a conspiracy to malign my reputation. The voice in the video is not mine, Rafiq claimed. Rubinas stepmother Munni reiterated her husbands statement saying, An Arab lady had approached us to adopt Rubina but her father told her that she could come and meet the child but we will not give her up.