Poor little Salim! Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who plays the youngest version of the main character's brother Salim in Slumdog Millionaire is said to be suffering from exhaustion after his recent trip to Los Angeles.
The 10-year-old has developed a temperature of 103 degrees F since returning home to Mumbai, India last week after traveling with nine-year-old co-star Rubina Ali to attend the Academy Awards in LA.
Ismail's mother claims her son is having difficulty readjusting to life in the slums after experiencing a life of luxury in LA.
Mother Shameem Ismail says, "It has all become too much for him. He is very ill and has not recovered from going to America and all the media interest since we got back."
And Ismail himself adds: "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."
Meanwhile, his co-star Rubina Ali, who plays little Latika in the movie is said to be so upset to be back home she is refusing to take off the blue dress she wore to the Oscars ceremony.
Rubina Ali said, "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 realized how bad life is here. I just want to get out."
A counselor has been assigned to the young stars to help them readjust to life in the slums. Can't blame them for being so upset, they went from being the highlight of the Oscars to living in the slums again--all in a matter of one week. It was bound to affect them psychologically.