An Indian film delves into the murky world of child beggars

April 26th, 2009 - 9:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Slumdog Millionaire By K.S. Ashik

Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 26 (ANI): A forthcoming regional Indian film has taken a strong take on the plight of poor children in the country by delving into the lives of the child beggars.

Due to several financial constraints, it took six years for the film ‘Kathaparayum Theruvoram-Street Symphony’ to take shape.

The amount of effort that has gone into the making of the movie can be well judged by the fact that around 300 child beggars have played some or the other role in the film.

According to Sunil, the idea for the film was born in his mind when he met a child beggar on a train.

After meeting the child, the director explored several aspects of the life of these children, which led to the realization of the presence of mafia behind the entire racket.

‘Kathaparayum Theruvoram-Street Symphony’ narrates the story of four beggar children who after running away from the clutches of a mafia, struggled to make a living.

Surjulan, screenplay writer of the film, swears by the quantity of research, which signifies the genuineness of the film.

“About six years ago, we started working on the film project. My friend Sunil had a discussion with me. He told me that he had a story and we discussed the story in various angles. Then we realised that there is a huge world behind the story,” said Surjulan.

“We travelled a lot and discussed with the child victims and created the script,” he added.

Director Sunil claims to utilise 25 percent of the proceeds from the film towards rehabilitation of child beggars.

Stating that the only reason for the delay of the movie was lack of finance, he said, “We are investing huge money in this project. It is not a small movie. Here you see a wide background. Here you see the commercial formula for telling the subject because lot of people see the movie and afterwards they can pass the message.”

With the Oscar-wining movie Slumdog Millionaire making the country proud, the country’s realistic film directors have re-affirmed belief on themselves. It is there fore a possibility that Kathaparayum Theruvoram would be compared to Slumdog Millionaire.

The film is due to be released on May 1. (ANI)

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