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'The Slumdog team made my son an actual human being'

Ten-year-old Mohammed Azharuddin may not be living his cricketing namesake's confortable life but this child is enjoying his share of success as well.

Azhar plays the youngest Salim in Danny Boyle's Oscar nominated film, Slumdog Millionaire, and is quite amused by the constant media flow into his home -- a tent made of hoarding banners, in the slums of Bandra, in suburban Mumbai.

His family seems poorer than even Rubina Ali, the slum-dweller who played Latika in Slumdog, who has her own brick home.

Azhar's family has been living in this tent for the past 15 years. His father Mohammed Ismail suffers from tuberculosis, and is admitted to TB hospital in Sewri. He needs to stay in the hospital for at least eight months, since his condition has worsened. We learn that he has a drinking problem, which has spoilt his liver as well.

Azhar lives with his mother Shamim Begum. His two sisters are married, while his older brother Irfan lives in their native place.

Text: Patcy N | Video, Photographs: Uday Kuckian

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