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“The Lift Boy” is a 2019 Indian coming-of-age drama film written and directed by . The film stars , , Saagar Kale, and . It follows the story of Raju Tawde (), a young man from a modest background, who is forced to take up the job of a lift operator in an upscale Mumbai apartment building after his father falls ill.


Raju Tawde is a 24-year-old engineering student who has failed his exams multiple times. Living in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Mumbai, Raju's life takes a turn when his father, who works as a lift operator, suddenly falls ill. To support his family, Raju reluctantly steps into his father's shoes and begins working as a lift boy at a posh residential building.

Initially, Raju is disillusioned and frustrated by his new job. However, he gradually forms an unlikely friendship with Maureen D'Souza (), the building's kind-hearted resident who takes him under her wing. Maureen, an artist and a former teacher, encourages Raju to take control of his life and pursue his dreams.

Through his interactions with the building's residents and Maureen's guidance, Raju begins to gain confidence and find a sense of purpose. He learns valuable life lessons about responsibility, perseverance, and the importance of self-belief. The film explores his journey from a directionless young man to someone who starts to believe in his potential and works towards a better future.


“The Lift Boy” received positive reviews for its heartfelt storytelling and relatable characters. Critics praised for his sensitive direction and the film's simple yet effective narrative. The movie was appreciated for its warmth, sincerity, and the positive message it conveyed about self-discovery and personal growth.

's portrayal of Raju was widely praised for its authenticity and emotional depth. 's performance as Maureen D'Souza was also lauded, with many noting the natural chemistry between the two leads. The supporting cast, including Saagar Kale and , contributed to the film's charm and realism.

The film's screenplay was highlighted for its engaging and uplifting story, which resonated with audiences. The cinematography effectively captured the bustling life of Mumbai and the contrasting worlds of the city's socio-economic classes. The film's music and background score complemented the narrative, adding to its emotional impact.


“The Lift Boy” garnered several accolades and nominations at film festivals and award ceremonies:

  • London Indian Film Festival (2019): Nominated for Best Film.
  • Mumbai Film Festival (2019): Screened in the ‘Discovering India' section.
  • Jagran Film Festival (2019): Featured in the Indian Showcase section.


“The Lift Boy” gained popularity for its relatable story and heartfelt performances. The film was well-received by audiences in India and internationally, particularly among viewers who appreciated its positive and inspirational message. It was praised for addressing the themes of ambition, self-improvement, and the value of hard work.

The film's release on streaming platforms further increased its reach and viewership, making it accessible to a wider audience. “The Lift Boy” remains a beloved film for its simplicity, warmth, and the hopeful message it delivers, making it a notable entry into the Indian independent film circuit.


Directed by
Written by
Produced by Caroline Pictures
Edited by Parikshhit Jha
Music by Ryan Clark
Release date
  • 18 January 2019
Running time
107 minutes
Country India
Languages English


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