At some point the Mayapore village child was, along with all the other children, kidnapped by the Thuggee cult in order to work the mines beneath Pankot Palace for High Priest Mola Ram. Although the cult's ultimate goal was to unearth the remaining two Sankara Stones hidden there, the children also dug for diamonds which funded the Thuggees' scheme.
In 1935, the child somehow managed to escape with a Sanskrit manuscript and return to Mayapore where he passed out in the arms of American archaeologist Indiana Jones, only to be scooped up by his mother.
Behind the scenesEdit
The character, simply credited as "Village Child", was played by Dharshana Panangala in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The film's original script identified the character simply as "Little Boy".
During the development of the film's script, written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, the Village Child had a line that went unused in the final movie. This was "Sankara...", said to Indiana Jones before his mother comes and takes care of him.
Although he didn't appear in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the Village Child is visible in one of the teaser trailers for the film as some footage of his return to Mayapore from Temple of Doom was included.