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Salaam Bombay (1988)

Director: Mira Nair     Starring: Shafiz Syed
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40215621
UPC: 027616884176
UPC 14: 00027616884176
Rating: NR
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The story of krishna, manju, chillum and the other children on the streets of bombay. Sometimes they can get a temporary job sellng tea, but mostly they have to beg for money and keep out of the way of the police.

"...compelling...  Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
" of the best films of the year.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Mira Nair's first feature was an acclaimed drama depicting the desperate lives of homeless children in one of India's poorest cities. Krishna is a 10-year-old country boy forced to live on his own in the streets of Bombay after his family tosses him out. While he hopes to earn 500 rupees for his mother and return home, the all-consuming job of staying alive quickly makes that dream an unreality. He develops the street-smarts needed to survive in the seedy world of prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, and other homeless children, but the harrowing experience takes an extremely heavy emotional toll on him. Although Krishna keeps trying to raise the money to return home, it is, in the end, a hopeless task.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/24/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1004335
Video UPC UPC: 00027616884176
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Hindi
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], Hindi
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chanda Sharma
Video Cast Info Hansa Vithal
Video Cast Info Nana Patekar
Video Cast Info Shafiz Syed
Video Cast Info Sandy Sissel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Mira Nair - Director
Video Cast Info L. Subramaniam - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Mira Nair - Producer
Video Cast Info Sooni Taraporevala - Writer
Video Cast Info Mira Nair - Writer


Cannes Film Festival (1988)
Video Award Name Mira Nair, Winner, Golden Camera

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Remarkably good....[Nair] is a new film maker to watch..." 10/07/1988 p.C8

Film Comment
"...Like any true film document, it carries hints and echoes of other cultures, other wrenching case histories, from Hong Kong to the South Bronx..." 08/01/1988 p.5-8

Los Angeles Times
"...Assured and passionate....Nair has a wonderful eye and a truly cinematic sense of story. She doesn't tell in words what the eye of her camera can say with more authority..." 10/19/1988 p.C1

Washington Post 7 of 10
Salaam Bombay! plays a bit like Oliver! in Hindi, a lively, strangely celebratory look at the resilience of India's street children. It's a savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair, a documentarian who finds innocence and a harsh playfulness in this asphalt nursery. - Rita Kempley

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