Slumdog Star 'Very' Sick

Social worker worries about emotional effect of US tour
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2009 3:18 PM CST

One of Slumdog Millionaire’s child stars is severely ill after returning to India from his whirlwind American tour, the Telegraph reports. Ten-year-old Azharuddin Ismail developed a temperature of 103 and started vomiting after arriving at his Mumbai slum home. His illness comes as critics slam the psychological effects of returning the film’s young stars to the slums after being exposed to Oscar glamor.

“I have seen what it is like in America,” Rubina Ali, another child star, said. “Here, there is garbage everywhere, people get angry, swear, and shout.” The children have been promised new homes, but nothing has yet materialized. “I cannot believe these kids have just been left like this after being taken to Hollywood,” said one social worker.
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