The breakthrough film for onetime documentarist Mira Nair (INDIA CABARET), who later entered the English-language mainstream with MISSISSIPPI MASALA. Nair leavens her story of a desperately impoverished 11-year-old (Shafiq Syed) with enough sentimentality to insure broad audience appeal.
Abandoned by his family, unable to read or write, unsure even of the name of his native village, the boy arrives in the Bombay slums where he hopes to raise enough money to return to his family. He makes a few rupees a day delivering tea, and in the process comes into contact with a variety of
seedy characters: a pimp (Nana Patekar), his prostitute wife (Aneeta Kanwar), a drug-a...