Yes, in terms of manipulation, one idea we wanted to portray is how the weakest (or perceived weakest) people are often the most targeted and taken advantage of. The smallest or least confident children are bullied, very old folks are victims of scams, etc. In the end, this manipulation pushes Naveen truly find himself and also a perceived weakness becomes a strength (his propensity to vomit).
In his journey of self-discovery, Naveen explores the innocence of childhood and acceptance by his peers through Group C, which is something that is often lost in adulthood.