Will performers like Poonam and Surajwho know no other life than the one they were born intobe the last act of this dying business?
Poonam and Suraj Jadhav did not run away from home to join the circus. They were born into one. Both their parents were circus performers and Poonam and Suraj, now 24 and 27, respectively, have never lived anywhere but in a circus tent. When they decided to get married to each other, their parents objected at first; not because they sought a life outside the big top for their children, but because even in the circus—this misplaced icon of free and joyous living—caste is crucial.