Well, this was destined to happen. All the celebrities who heaped praise on Slumdog Millionaire are snuggled up in their Beverly Hills beds as the kid stars of the hit flick readjust to their former lives. And what sh*tty former lives they are.
Azharuddin Ismail, who played the young Salim, is sick and complaining about his living conditions. His mom tells the press that he is struggling to adjust back to his old life, and the child, plagued with a 103 degree fever, said, “I am very sad. I feel sleepy, hot and sick all the time. I can’t get to sleep here – there are too many mosquitoes and it is so hot. I just wish I was in America still.”
His co-star Rubina Ali, who played the young Latika, has expressed a similar desire to hop on the next plane to LAX and make Hollywood her home. “I don’t want to live here in the slum anymore,” she apparently told the Telegraph, while still dressed in her Oscar gown. “I don’t want to sleep on the floor anymore. I want a proper bed and live where the air does not smell of poo. I have seen what it is like in America. Here, there is garbage everywhere, people get angry, swear and shout. I have realised how bad life is here. I just want to get out.”
Indian social workers are troubled that the kids aren’t getting more help from director Danny Boyle, or the Indian authorities. “I cannot believe these kids have just been left like this after being taken to Hollywood. It is bound to affect them psychologically,” said one professional. A wise point, but the social worker fails to note that being used and then forgotten Hollywood might even hurt them more. [Photo: GettyImages]