Sanjay is a polio-afflicted boy who makes a living begging with his monkey Rajesh. In fact, the Pardhis even have a sub-caste, the Bandarwale Pardhi, who traditionally kept monkeys for street shows and court performances. However, like the Hijras, India's transsexuals, another group who once had a court function, the Pardhis are now completely marginalised and their traditions are disappearing.