Angered that his son wouldn’t play to a crowd welcoming 10-year-old Slumdog Millionaire actor Azharuddin Mohammed back to Mumbai, the boy’s father administered a public beating today, the Sun reports. Azharuddin arrived home yesterday following the film’s Oscar triumph, and had the day off school; when he wouldn’t appear for onlookers outside his slum dwelling, father Ismail, 45, launched a 30-second flurry of kicks and slaps.
“It was like a scene out of Slumdog Millionaire,” one witness said of the incident, which the boy’s mother tried to stop but didn’t end until Azharuddin escaped and cowered in a corner. “I was so confused and stressed by my son’s homecoming that I did not know myself for a minute,” Ismail Mohammed, his father, said by way of apology. “I love my boy and I am very happy to have him home.”