Story: Chamki, a child labourer in a ‘chai shop’ leads an impoverished life characterized by illiteracy, filth and hostility. A habitual dreamer, Chamki, like any other deprived kid her age, fancies a privileged life.
As is her wont, she falls asleep at work and slips into a fascinating reverie in which she’s happily flying a paper rocket. As she watches her rocket glide beneath the expansive, rainbow-touched umbrella of blue, a passenger aircraft emerges from the clouds and Chamki, typical of her social class, instantly visualizes herself as an airhostess leading a high-flying, glamorous life far fetched from her squalid occupation as a waiter.
The beautifull dream is interrupted by a seemingly faint sound as she wakes up to strong reprimands from her master. Chamki is mercilessly chided for falling asleep during workhours and not attending to work. She meekly continues her chores cleaning up the mess on a vacated table. Full of sorrow and self-pity, Chamki resigns herself to fate knowing that going to school and leading a respectable life is a far-away dream that may never come true.
Nupur Agarwal, Govinda Ramesh Gujar and Raj Sekhar Nayani