The Merchant-Ivory team adopts a semi-documentary stance in Courtesans of Bombay. Though several scenes are dramatized, this film is essentially an unadorned look at prostitution in modern India. The film details the impoverished conditions that would prompt otherwise chaste Indian women to seek out employment as "performers"--a euphemism for the World's Oldest Profession, though they do indeed give public dancing and singing performances as a sideline. Indian actress Saeed Jeffrey heads the cast of this Ruth Prawer Jhabvala-scripted "docudrama." Courtesans of Bombay was made for British television, and original telecast in those late hours ostensibly off limits to younger viewers.
New digital transfer; Street Musicians of Bombay, a documentary by composer Richard Robbins; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Side #1 -- 1. Opening Credits [9:03] 2. In Their Blood [9:06] 3. Give and Take [8:19] 4. A Beautiful Girl [8:38] 5. Boys and Men [7:19] 6. A Pilgrimage [8:34] 7. The Customer [12:48] 8. The Sister [10:01]
Side #1 -- Play the Movie Chapters Street Musicians of Bombay Play Film Chapters The Leper's Song Snake Charming One Family What Better Life Than This? Rhythm of Existence Music From the Soul Traveling Bands Extracted Essence