Published February 27, 2009
In a scene right out of the Oscar-winning movie, 10-year-old "Slumdog Millionaire" star Azharuddin Mohammed was beaten and kicked while cameras clicked.
Photos published in The Sun in London Friday show a man identified as the boy's father, Ismail, physically punishing the child, after the child balked at being put on display, the paper said.
Another photo shows Mohammed with tears streaming down his face.
The boy's mother tried to stop the beating, which lasted no more than 30 seconds, the paper reported.
“He didn’t attend school today so that he could recover from his long flight from L.A. and simply wanted all the attention to stop," an eyewitness told The Sun.
"However, when Azharuddin put his foot down and said that was it and there was to be no more talking, Ismail just flipped.'”
The photos published in The Sun followed a frenzied day of mobs greeting Azharuddin and the other stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" as they returned from Los Angeles, where their film won eight Oscars.