Divya Solgamawrote on Apr 21 2008 10:17AM
Uranchhoo is a children's film replete with entertaining elements but at the same time it throws light on the exploitation rampant in circus groups. It also gives the message to children that however pitiable their conditions may be, they must take inspiration from the fact that there is always someone worse off than them. Pappu and Jumman are a dwarf pair who are employed by a circus - the Great Oriental Circus. However they are victims of ill-treatment and exploitation and one fine day after singing a plaintive number "Tan chhotey hain tow kya hua", they run away from their employer. The ring master naturally sends the police to look for them but they remain at large for quite a long while. Pappu and Jumman give Inspector Ghorpare a trying time. They take a bike and take refuge at Babban's tea stall where they pose as mother and child. When Babban refuses to give shelter to them they flee to a hotel from whose terrace they try to escape. In order to earn their next meal they put up a street performance and the moment they are spotted they jump onto a vessel and start steering the ship. This takes the duo to a fire brigade engine parked on the nearest coast and they get into a basket wherefrom they land up at Inspector Ghorpare's house and here they are given a warm welcome by the kids. An escape from here takes them to a magician's performance where they are transformed into rabbits and are again released into human form at the police station. While trying to abscond Pappu and Jumman manage to climb aboard an aircraft where their dwarf personalities give them the identities of the Air India symbol - the Maharaja. Slipping into luggage bags the duo arrive at a school for specially challenged children where the difficult lives of the children make them realise the privilege of their own existences. They decide to serve in that school. After their new found employment status, they call up their former employer and tell them of their new job. The ring master whose business is on doldrums without Pappu and Jumman plead for their return. The latter oblige by performing on Saturdays and Sundays and serving in the school on other days. The film ends with a relevant line - "Bachchon, phir aana, uranchhoo mat ho jana".