Slumdog star laps up chance for close encounters at Ocean Park

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 June, 2009, 12:00am

Last week, it was the child actors of Slumdog Millionaire visiting Hong Kong. This week, it's the teenagers' turn for some local sightseeing. The three young Indian actors portraying the teenage Salim (Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, pictured), Jamal (Tanay Chheda) and Latika (Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar) all attended the International Indian Film Academy last weekend at the Venetian Hotel in Macau. Afterwards, the three youths were sponsored to visit Hong Kong for three days, too.

Who knows where the young Jamal and Latika went on their stay here, but the Oscar-winning film's teenage Salim joined his family for a visit to Ocean Park. Although he played a roughneck in the film, Ashutosh was positively giddy as the local amusement venue offered him the full VIP treatment.

In addition to all the rides and shows, his excursion included up-close encounters with all the animal attractions, including pandas Le Le and Ying Ying, the red pandas, the Chinese giant salamander and Chinese alligators, and especially the dolphins, which he was even allowed to pet. 'This is the first time I have seen a dolphin. But not only that, Ocean Park has given me this chance to feel them. It's awesome,' Ashutosh said.