Bablu alias Fotikchand has been kidnapped by four goons in the hope of being able to extract some money as ransom from his father – a rich barrister.
However, fate wills it otherwise and a massive car accident kills not only two of the goons but also causes the boy to lose his memory.
Fotik is befriended by Haroun, a street juggler, who opens up for the boy not only the door to his home, but also to his heart. A warm and loving character, he adopts Fotik as his brother - caring for him and protecting him.
The incident is also a call to grow up to Fotik, who learns to earn a living by working in a tea shop, and later assists Haroun in his act. Fotikchand does regain his memory, but, unfortunately, it is not a happily-ever after story, after all.
On the face of it the story line is very simple, but, Satyajit Ray, a master Story Teller very cleverly weaves in several learnings. For one, he highlights the differences between the two classes – the rich and the poor. And points out that the rich do not always come up on top. He also very subtly points out that parenting is not just about offering a home but also a nurturing heart.
And to children, he offers a magical story intertwined with adventure, a message of hope, dignity of labour and caring all rolled up together into one heartwarming story.
A must read!!