Mumbai authorities tear down 'Slumdog' star's home

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MUMBAI, India (AP) - City workers in India have bulldozed the shanty home of a child actor who starred in the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire."

The 10-year-old (Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail) says he was asleep when a police officer woke him and told him to leave. Soon afterwards, the family's shack and about 30 others in the Mumbai slum were destroyed.

Authorities say the demolition targeted only illegally built shanties. They say the young actor and his family will be given a new home elsewhere.

Eight Academy Awards and $326 million in box office receipts have so far done little to improve the lives of the film's two impoverished child stars. They have been showered with gifts and brief bursts of fame, but their day-to-day lives are little changed.

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