Young Slumdog Actor Gets Beating From Father

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 1:42 PM CST
Cast members of Slumdog Millionaire including Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, foreground center, pose for photos following the Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.”
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