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Throngs greet 'Slumdog' stars as homeland heroes

February 27, 2009|Associated Press

The child stars of the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" returned to India on Thursday to a chaotic but rousing heroes' welcome.

Hundreds of well-wishers waited for them at the Mumbai airport, where dozens of police, some heavily armed, were needed to escort the children through the cheering crowds.

The film, a rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai's slums, was the darling of the Academy Awards, winning eight Oscars on Sunday, including the award for best picture.

The four children came out with arms around one another's shoulders. The only girl, Rubina Ali, 9, clutched a small, fluffy, brown toy bunny.

They waved and blew kisses to the crowd, showing off their newly acquired red carpet skills.

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