Azharuddin Ismail in Slumdog Millionaire (Photo Credit: Azharuddin Ismail in Slumdog Millionaire )
New Delhi :
After achieving worldwide fame with his impressive role as young Salim in Oscar nominated ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Azharuddin Ismail, who was once in the frontline of every elite event and newspaper has been forced to move back to the slums. As per Mumbai Mirror, Azhar, has sold his Rs 49 lakh flat that was given to him by the Jai Ho Trust in 2009 and moved back to whence he came from in in the Garib Nagar slums in Bandra, after falling on hard times. Speaking to the daily, his mother, Shameema, revealed sad details about his short career post Slumdog Millionaire stating that the actor would often fall ill which was made worse as the monthly funds they were receiving from the trust stopped coming,
"After Azhar turned 18, the Trust stopped paying monthly expenses, which was around Rs. 9,000 a month. It then became very difficult for us to run the household’’
“The stardom is over. Now I have to earn to run the family. Mumbai is crowded and polluted. I was born in a slum but never wanted to go back there’’ Shameema, who is now living with Azhar in a 10x10 ft room in Naupada, Bandra East adds.
“He (Azhar) would fall ill often. Since the past three years, I was struggling. I have spent a lot on his treatment and we had no option but to sell the house to deal with the situation,” she added while requesting for help,
“I would like to request Danny Boyle to help my child, he needs support and motivation’.
Azhar, who was then 10 was selected among 300 slum kids to play the role of Salim in Danny Boyle's Oscar nominated 'Slumdog Millionaire. The movie also starred Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor and Frieda Pinto in lead roles.