Bollywood Movies That Take On Child Labor

Child labor is a grave issue in our country. Wherever you go, you see children doing odd jobs of some kind or the other to sustain themselves and their families. While kids involved in simple tasks such as serving customers in a restaurant or washing cars do not raise eyebrows, this is the basis of a much larger evil prevalent in our society. Bollywood, too, has attempted to raise its voice against child labor for many years now, with movies touching upon the social issue. Take a look at some of the films that have portrayed the severity of child labor in our society.
Boot Polish
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One of the first movies to deal with child labor, Boot Polish shows how two kids, after the death of their mother, are forced to beg by their aunt. Later, with the help of a bootlegger, they buy a shoe polish kit and begin to shine shoes, thus working instead of begging for a living.
Slumdog Millionaire
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The movie portrays the lives of children dwelling in slum areas. Some of these kids are abducted by gangsters and trained to beg for a living. Children as young as seven are blinded in order to gain sympathy from people, who are likely to pay them more due to their condition.
I am Kalam
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A 12-year-old plays a tea vendor and server at a roadside dhaba, but dreams to make it big in life. The movie effectively portrays how kids from any background are capable of fulfilling their dreams. The film was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Chillar Party
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The Salman Khan-starrer was enjoyed by kids and parents alike for its ‘childlike humor with a message’ theme. However, etched between the lines was the story of a boy named Fatka, who worked as a car washer for a living. 

Stanley Ka Dabba
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One of the latest films to touch upon the issue of child labor, Stanley Ka Dabba, follows the story of a fourth grader, who cleans tables at a restaurant, to earn money to stay in school. Often abused by his employer at work, at school, Stanley is bullied by his teacher, who constantly demands food from the students.

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