The child stars of Oscar-winning movie SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE returned to their native India on Thursday (26Feb09) with a police escort - because of the massive crowd which gathered to honour their achievements.
The four young actors were whisked off to Hollywood for the glitzy Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (22Feb09), where they saw the film pick up eight prizes including Best Picture.
The kids, Rubina Ali, nine, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, eight and Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, both 10, were greeted by hundreds of locals as they arrived at the Mumbai airport.
Local authorities were forced to deploy dozens of armed police around the area in a bid to stop the crowds of well-wishers surging out of control.
The movie's two Indian Oscar winners, composer A. R. Rahman and sound engineer Resul Pookutty, were also met by cheering crowds, who showered them in flower petals as they arrived back home.
Rahman, who won Oscars for Best Musical Score and Best Song was overwhelmed by the welcome, saying, "They (the fans) almost killed me with their love."
Pookutty adds, "I never expected something like this. This is history being made."