A day after Hindustan Times reported that eight-year-old Mohammed Azharuddin, who played the role of young Salim in Slumdog Millionaire, and his mother Shaim (45) have gone missing from their Behrampada hut, the police claim they are close to finding the ‘missing’ duo.
Inspector Raheem Sheikh of the Nirmal Nagar police station said the mother-son duo has moved somewhere in the suburbs and they are trying to verify their exact location.
On Wednesday, Sheikh had said that Azharuddin and his mother had left home because they were harassed by former corporator Nicholas Almeida, who used to visit them every day and ask about the money that the boy had earned in the Oscar-nominated film.
Refuting the police claim, Almeida’s lawyer Faizal Sheikh said that his client had never asked the mother-son duo about the money. “Why would my client go and ask them for money and then file a complaint that they are not at their residence?” Sheikh asked.
“If the police are saying that mother and son have left home because of Almedia, then it means they know about their whereabouts.”
On Tuesday, Almeida had filed an application with the Nirmal Nagar police on Tuesday alleging that “the people behind the movie may be involved in their disappearance as they would have caused problem in the investigation”.
Almeida had filed a defamation case against the producer, director and distributor of the film objecting the use of the word ‘Slumdog’ in the movie title two weeks ago.