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'Marathon Boy' on HBO shows poverty and exploitation in India

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HBO is debuting a documentary tonight about an orphan in India who ran 48 marathons by the time he was four years old.

The story of Budhia Singh circulated across the globe six years ago, but this documentary, filmed between 2005 and 2010, concentrates on the exploitation that took place after the initial publicity. What started as a heartwarming rags-to-riches story unfortunately became a tale greed, corruption, and broken dreams.

This documentary is the first of four about contemporary India debuting on HBO and HBO2 this month. The others are "The Bengali Detective" (Nov. 16, HBO2); "The Sound of Mumbai" (Nov. 23, HBO2); and "Pink Saris" (Nov. 30 on HBO2).

"Marathon Boy" airs on HBO tonight at 8 p.m.

Other playdates:
HBO - Nov. 3 at 4:45 am, Nov. 6 at 1:30 pm, Nov. 9 at 8:15 am & 6:30 pm, Nov. 12 at 4:30 pm, and Nov. 14 at 2:15 pm and 10 pm.
HBO2: Nov. 20 at 1 pm and Nov. 25 at 11:15 am

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.