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Salaam Bombay!
     

Salaam Bombay!

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Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Shafiq Syed, Sarfuddin Qurrassi, Raju Barnad

 

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Mira Nair's intimate look at Indian street kids, Salaam Bombay!, comes to DVD from MGM in this special edition release. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Dolby Digital soundtracks in Hindi are offered in the original Mono or remixed 5.1 Surround Sound. Optional subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Writer/director Mira Nair and

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Mira Nair's intimate look at Indian street kids, Salaam Bombay!, comes to DVD from MGM in this special edition release. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Dolby Digital soundtracks in Hindi are offered in the original Mono or remixed 5.1 Surround Sound. Optional subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Writer/director Mira Nair and cinematographer Sandi Sissel provide two separate audio commentary tracks. Six featurettes are included, each running about ten minutes and focusing on different members of the cast and crew over the years. "Once Chance in a Million," "A Color in the Hand of the Painter," "I Got Love," and "So Kids Like Us Can Learn Forever" are each profiles of the kids. "It Gave Me a Career" is a talk with screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala and "No Guts, No Glory" is about the Salaam Balak Trust fund. Also includes a photo gallery, original theatrical trailer, and trailers for other MGM titles. This is a highly recommended disc of an award-winning Indian film that didn't get treated to a wide theatrical release in the U.S.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Director Mira Nair's landmark Salaam Bombay! takes a long, lean look at Bombay's slums and the bonds and fantasies that can form there. With a gripping cast of child actors plucked from the streets, it is at once an expansive, humanist look at poverty and a latent swipe at the hopeful fantasy worlds of Bollywood cinema. The story follows a desperately impoverished 11-year-old (Shafiq Syed), whose family abandons him in the city. Clinging to the hope that he can make enough money to return to them, he snares a tenuous, hardscrabble job delivering tea to the lowest of workers. Eventually he finds himself part of an improvised, Dickensian family led by a pimp (Nana Patekar), his streetwalking wife, and the children from the grubby alley where he resides. Nair uses her experience as a documentary filmmaker to create an inexhaustible font of interest in the city itself, from rivers to movie houses to squalid underworld locations. Like Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, Salaam Bombay! set a new standard in compassionate Indian filmmaking and won the best first feature award at the Cannes Film Festival.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Mira Nair began her career working on documentaries, and she has put that experience to excellent use in all of her narrative work, beginning with her debut feature, Salaam Bombay!. Nair and cinematographer Sandi Sissel capture the flow of activity amid the destitute on Bombay's streets. The film is full of gorgeously colorful and powerful images, but its heart-rending story never romanticizes the squalor of these lives. Like all of Nair's films, Salaam Bombay! is full of well-drawn characters, and even the nominally minor characters have fully differentiated personalities. The use of nonprofessional actors enhances the feeling that these lives go on beyond the edges of the frame. And one gets the sense that the events portrayed in the film would be occurring even if Nair wasn't documenting them. The professional actors in the cast -- Nana Patekar, who plays the local crime kingpin Baba, and Raghubir Yadav, who plays the desperate Chillum -- deliver exceptionally rich performances. But it's Shafiq Syed, starring as Krishna, and Hansa Vithal, who plays little Manju, who give the film its heart and soul. These are surprisingly complex child characters. Manju, for example, appears to be guileless, but she, like the other children in the film, knows what she wants (Krishna's attention, for one thing), and is doggedly determined to get it. Despite its verisimilitude, Salaam Bombay! is not a documentary; it's a powerful and moving drama. The film deserves to be mentioned alongside Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados and Hector Babenco's Pixote as a subtly guided tour of shattered childhoods, and a condemnation of societal neglect. Only Nair's obvious compassion for all the film's characters sets it apart.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0027616884176
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 5 original documentaries shot in India: "One Chance in a Million," "A Color in the Hand of the Painter," "I Got Love," "It Gave Me a Career," and "So Kids Like Us Can Learn Forever"; Original featurette "No Guts, No Glory" ; Audio commentary with director Mira Nair; Audio commentary with cinematographer Sandi Sissel; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; Original Hindi: Digitally enhanced 5:1 Surround and Mono; English, French, and Spanish-language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shafiq Syed Krishna
Sarfuddin Qurrassi Koyla
Raju Barnad Keera
Raghubir Yadav Chillum
Nana Patekar Baba
Aneeta Kanwar Rekha
Hansa Vithal Manju
Mohanraj Babu Salim
Chandrashekhar Naidu Chungal
Shaukat Azmi Actor
Dinshaw Daji Actor
Alfred Anthony Actor
Ramesh Deshavani Actor
Max von Sydow Krishna/Chaipau
Chanda Sharma Solasaal
Anjaan Child at the circus

Technical Credits
Mira Nair Director,Original Story,Producer
Barry Alexander Brown Editor
Mitch Epstein Co-producer,Producer,Production Designer
Michael Nozik Producer
Juan Rodriguez Sound/Sound Designer
Sandi Sissel Cinematographer
L. Subramaniam Score Composer
Sooni Taraporevala Original Story,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Errand
2. One-Way Ticket to Bombay
3. Teaboy
4. The New Girl
5. The Chillum-Branch Safe
6. A Bird for Sweet Sixteen
7. Selling to the Tourists
8. Drugs and Family History
9. A Short, Short Story
10. Preparing the Princess
11. A Letter Home
12. A Sucker for Baba
13. "Don't Touch Anything"
14. Manju and the Madman
15. The Taming Process
16. Skinned Chickens
17. A Quick Buck
18. Death and Theft
19. Work for the Rich
20. To the Chiller Room
21. What's Best for Manju
22. Escape
23. Leaving Home
24. Alone/End Credits

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Salaam Bombay! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ajunatnyc More than 1 year ago
20 years later, this film is still one of the most powerful I've seen. To think Mira Nair was only 30 when she made this! The film captures the extreme poverty and hopelessness of Mumbai - and the children. It's beyond words - I highly highly highly recommend this. With the film Slumdog Millionaire coming out, I know this is bound to come up again - please watch it.