Slumdog Star's 'Illegal' Home Demolished

Family had lived there 15 years
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2009 12:23 PM CDT
"Slumdog Millionaire" child star Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail holds his pet hen as he stands in front of a poster from the film in Mumbai.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mumbai officials tore down the home of Slumdog Millionaire child star Azharuddin Ismail, calling the slum dwelling illegal construction. Ismail’s mother says the family lived there 15 years before police arrived unannounced. “We didn’t even get a chance to remove our belongings,” she tells the Telegraph. The government had promised them a new home after Ismail returned from the Oscars a hero.

The family was left in the hot sun, clinging to plastic bags with their meager belongings. Ismail hugged a Slumdog movie poster signed by director Danny Boyle, who had handpicked him for the film. “I wish Danny-uncle would come,” he said, describing his fear when cops threatened him with bamboo sticks. “I wish I could go back to America.”