She didn't know how to use a spoon and fork when she left.
But little Rubina Qureshi (10) has returned jubilant, albeit a bit jetlagged.
“I’ve had the best time of my life,” she said on Thursday afternoon, when she finally got back to her Bandra (East) slum home after a hectic round of TV interviews.
Of course, she knows life will never be the same.
In a few months, she’ll move from her Urdu-medium school to an English-medium one, trailed by massive expectations from friends and family.
And the little star is already thinking about more roles in Bollywood.
“I would definitely love to do this again,” she said. “So far, I have not been offered anything, but if I am, I would love to.”
Rubina said she was completely at ease in the US.
“Danny Uncle and Loveleen Didi would help us at every point,” she told HT. “But in the plane, every time I looked outside, I would get so scared.”
The trip to Disneyland was, not surprisingly, one of the best parts of her journey.
So does she now understand what an Oscar is?
“Yes, yes,” she replied. “The Oscars are the most prestigious awards in the film world. When we won all those awards, everyone was emotional. Freida Didi would cry at the drop of a hat. The other kids and I were laughing… we were so happy.”