SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE child star AZHARUDDIN ISMAIL is suffering from exhaustion and fever as fears mount over the psychological wellbeing of the Oscar-winning film's young actors.
The 10-year-old has developed a temperature of 103 degrees F (39.5 Celsius) since returning home to Mumbai, India last week (begs23Feb09) after travelling with nine-year-old co-star Rubina Ali to attend the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Ismail was prescribed antibiotics by doctors but was said to be vomiting as he and Ali returned to school on Saturday (28Feb09).
His mother claims he has had difficulty readjusting to life in the slums after experiencing soft beds, clean water and Disneyland during his five-day trip to California.
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 Ali is also upset to be home - and is refusing to take off the blue dress she wore to the Oscars ceremony.
Social workers have called for the child actors to be placed in care as they attempt to settle back into their lives in India.
Counsellor Sanjay Bhatia, who works in the slum, says, "I cannot believe these kids have just been left like this after being taken to Hollywood. It is bound to affect them psychologically."