Well, as is so often the case with rumors, this one looks to be just that. A rumor. The actress' mother then asked authorities to look into the matter — the pair is divorced — and they came back empty-handed.
"So far there is no evidence of any offense, hence there is no registration of complaint and no arrest," a senior police officer, Nisar Tamboli, told Reuters.
Poor guy. Now the entire world thinks he was trying to sell his own beautiful child. What happened to the whole innocent until proved guilty thing?
The gossip mill first started churning on Sunday, when News of the World posted this article, "Father Tries to Cash in on Daughter's Fame." The article alleged that Qureshi "offered the shocking deal to the News of the World's undercover fake sheik this week." However in the accompanying video, which features Qureshi sitting on a couch chatting with reporters, no such exchange is shown.
It was all a "lie made up by foreign journalists playing games with me," Qureshi told People.
— Stephanie Lysaght
Photo: Rubina Ali and her "Slumdog" costar Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail at an Oscar party. (WireImage)