Salaam Bombay!

Salaam Bombay!

Director: Mira Nair Cast: Shafiq Syed, Sarfuddin Qurrassi, Raju Barnad

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Shot on-location on the streets of Bombay, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! is the gritty tale of Krishna (Shafiq Syed, a runaway discovered by Nair), a boy kicked out of his home, and abandoned by the traveling circus he had joined. In desperation, he uses the little money he has to buy a one-way ticket to the nearest city, which turns out to be Bombay. "Come back a movie star," the ticket agent tells him mockingly. In Bombay, Krishna joins a small community of street kids, and gets a job delivering tea. Soon, everyone in the downtrodden neighborhood knows him as "Chaipau" (tea boy). Krishna wants to save five hundred rupees, enough money to get back into his mother's good graces and return home. Chillum (Raghubir Yadav), a streetwise young man who deals drugs for the local kingpin, Baba (Nana Patekar), takes Krishna under his wing. The sly but cruel Baba has a mistress, Rekha (Aneeta Kanwar), who works as a prostitute. She has a young daughter, Manju (Hansa Vithal), who has a crush on Krishna, but Krishna only has eyes for the girl they call "Sweet Sixteen", a virginal teenager who is being forced into prostitution. Eventually, Baba fires the surly Chillum, and Krishna finds himself struggling to keep Chillum alive by supporting his drug habit. Many of the roles in the film are played by non-actors, including the street kids, and an actual madame who allowed Nair to film scenes in her brothel. The Harvard-educated Nair began her filmmaking career working on documentaries. Salaam Bombay!, her narrative feature debut, won worldwide critical acclaim, and was awarded the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. She and the film's screenwriter, Sooni Taraporevala, also collaborated on Mississippi Masala, starring Denzel Washington.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0883904304548
Original Release: 1988
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm Mod
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 51,861

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

Disc #1 -- Salaam Bombay!
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.