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'I took Anil Kapoor's autograph'

After Slumdog Millionaire's great night at the Oscars, the real slumdogs returned to the slums in Mumbai's Garib Nagar in suburban Bandra. But this time, their family, neighbours and friends waited eagerly to welcome this new celebrity. Slumdog music rang out from speakers, as Mohammad Azharuddin was hoisted up on everyone's shoulders.

The young boy, who played Salim in the film, spoke to Nithya Ramani about his Oscar experience.

This is your first visit abroad. How does it feel?

It feels great. I'm very happy because I'm the first from my place to go out of India and win awards. It's very new to me. There is so much population and pollution in Mumbai but there (in Los Angeles), it is so clean. Nobody is on the roads. People live in concrete houses, not on the roads.

What did you do in Los Angeles?

We had great fun. We enjoyed and partied a lot. We went to Disneyland and other places.

Did you take any autographs there?

I took Anil Kapoor's autograph.

How was the food there?

I ate pizza, sandwich and burgers.

What was the best thing you liked there?

I loved Disneyland.

What are your future plans?

I am enjoying myself now. I will continue to act and also study. I will go to school from tomorrow itself. If I get a flat, it will be very nice.

I want to thank everyone who have appreciated my work and Danny uncle. Thank you for making the film a superhit. Danny uncle said he will work with me if he has anything worth my presence.

Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/REUTERS

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