Slumdog child star back in his bulldozed shanty home

May 17th, 2009 - 12:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Slumdog Millionaire Washington, May 17 (ANI): Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, child star of hit film “Slumdog Millionaire,” and his family have more or less rebuilt their shanty home after officials in Mumbai, India, demolished it.

The ten-year-old and his family moved back into what was left of their home on May 15.

Azharuddin, who played the young Salim in the Oscar-winning film, was asleep when a police officer woke him and ordered him to leave the shack.

“I was asleep when the policemen came. He threatened to beat me,” CBS News quoted Azharuddin as telling the reporters.

The family has claimed they had not been informed about the planned demolition.

Azharuddin’s mother said: “We’ve lived here for at least fifteen years. They didn’t show us any paperwork. They just came and started demolishing our hut.”

City officials said that they bulldozed the illegally built shanty homes to tackle overcrowding and will re-house residents. (ANI)

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