Hey ... I got this joke: What is two lawyers, with the sir name of Palmer, chained to a engine block at the bottom of the river. Answer: A good start. Oh, you heard that one, or a variation of it, already.
After Jamal, played competently by younger actors, and brother, Salim, suffer the death of their young mother from an organized Muslim attack against the poor, defenseless Hindu's living in their slum. From that point on, the brothers are forced to live on their own, and by their wits, they are able to survive the cruel streets of Bombay.