090908born_into_brothels.jpgOf all the kids in this year's freshman class at NYU, it's probably safe to say that Avijit Halder is the only one who's the son of a drug addict and Calcutta prostitute who was burned to death. At age 11, Halder was one of the children featured in the Oscar-winning documentary Born into Brothels, about the perilous lives of children in Calcutta's red light district. The film's director helped Halder get out of the slum and into America, where his talent for photography (and a lot of financial aid) won him admission to the Tisch film program. Unsurprisingly, it's been an interesting transition; Halder tells the Sun that his NYU classmates continue to amaze him: "There are these moments in the classroom when they ask, 'What's your favorite line from this movie?' and I'm like, 'Oh my God, who are you guys?'"