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Elephant Boy (2005)

A true story featuring the boy who lived it. An Indian beggar boy thief with huge, deformed feet tries to escape his harsh city life in Mumbai. Inspired by a photograph of a mountain, he embarks on a spiritual journey of penance and hope.

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Rajesh Kumar ...
Jai
Sungeeta Gopal-Vagela ...
Nisha
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Beggar Master (as Nawaz Uddin)
Durdana Shaikh ...
Durdana
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Madam
Joginder Singh ...
Station Cop
Pooja ...
Little Girl
Rakesh ...
Boy 1
Rajesh ...
Boy 2
Vrajesh Sampat ...
Bus Ticket Man (as Vrajesh P. Sampat)
Christopher Worsley ...
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A true story featuring the boy who lived it. An Indian beggar boy thief with huge, deformed feet tries to escape his harsh city life in Mumbai. Inspired by a photograph of a mountain, he embarks on a spiritual journey of penance and hope.

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A freakish beggar boy's journey of hope

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Drama | Short

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10 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film is a true portrayal of life on the streets of Mumbai. Begging is a way of life. Any deformities that individuals are born with are put out on the streets to beg as this is seen as a great tool to earn money the more deformed you are the more money you can potentially make. Unfortunately this is a thriving business. This story is one of hope. A womens act of charity by giving Raju a £50 note changes this boys life (who has feet that are severely deformed and look like elephants feet)and leads him on a soul searching journey from the streets of Mumbai to a hill top temple. It really does touch the heart. A real tearjerker. After watching this film you really do count yourself lucky and feel ashamed about complaining about the trivial things in life.


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