Salaam Bombay

Directed By: Mira Nair Starring: Shafiz Syed

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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.


Studio MGM
SKU 40215621
UPC 027616884176
UPC 14 00027616884176
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2007
Rating NR
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Mira Nair
Shafiz Syed
Cast & Crew
Chanda Sharma - Actor
Hansa Vithal - Actor
Nana Patekar - Actor
Shafiz Syed - Actor
Sandy Sissel - Cinematographer
Mira Nair - Director
L. Subramaniam - Musical Score
Mira Nair - Producer
Sooni Taraporevala - Writer
Mira Nair - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 1004335
UPC 00027616884176
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Hindi
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], Hindi
Aspect Ratio
Cannes Film Festival (1988) Mira Nair, Winner, Golden Camera
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review 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.
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice ...compelling...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times of the best films of the year.

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