Child Labor Films:
“Child Labor” is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and is harmful to their physical and mental development. It’s said that Almost 17% of the worldwide child population is ensnared by child labor. Bollywood has been trying hard to raise awareness in the matter by its many child labor films.
1. Boot Polish
Boot Polish released in the year 1954. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster about two destitute children who are forced to beg. The children take to shining shoes with the help of a bootlegger.
Starring: Kumari Naaz, Ratan Kumar, David
Director: Prakash Arora
2. Salaam Bombay
Salaam Bombay released in the year 1988. The movie is a crime drama and brings the audience up close and personal with the children on the streets who abound in Bombay. These undying spirit of these slum children inspired the movie which won much acclaim from all quarters both national and international.
Starring: Shafiq Syed, Raghuvir Yadav, Anita Kanwar, Nana Patekar, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma
Director: Mira Nair
3. Nanhe Jaisalmer
Nanhe Jaisalmer released in the year 2007. The movie is based on the life of a 10-year-old camel jockey who works hard to keep up to his reputation.
Starring: Bobby Deol, Dwij Yadav
Director: Samir Karnik
Slumdog Millionaire released in the year 2008. The movie is based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup. The movie was based on the life of children living in the slums of the city of Bombay. The movie tracks the life of Jamaal Malik who lives in the slums of Juhu, Bombay, and works his way up the ladder of success. The film garnered accolades both nationally and internationally.
Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan
Director: Danny Boyle
5. I Am Kalam
I Am Kalam released in the year 2011. The film is based on the life of a young boy who works at a tea stall in the small town of Bikaner in the state of Rajasthan. The boy is inspired by the former president of India A P J Abdul Kalam and wants to emulate him. The movie is a must-watch in every way.
Starring: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover, Pitobash Tripathy, Beatrice Ordeix
Director: Nila Madhab Panda
6. Chillar Party
Chillar Party released in the year 2011 and is an engaging comedy film. Based on children who get together to help a street dweller and his pet the movie has its emotional moments.
Starring: Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, Shashank Shende
Director: Nitesh Tiwari, Vikas Bahl
These child labor films will definitely raise awareness against this malady afflicting society.