Young Slumdog Actor Gets Beating From Father

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

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.”
(More Mumbai stories.)

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