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Salaam Bombay!
Directed by Mira Nair
Produced by Gabriel Auer, Mira Nair
Written by Mira Nair
Sooni Taraporevala
Starring Shafiq Syed
Hansa Vithal
Chanda Sharma
Anita Kanwar
Nana Patekar
Raghuvir Yadav
Music by L. Subramaniam
Distributed by Cinecom Pictures (USA)
Mirabai Films
Release date(s) 13 September 1988 (Toronto Film Festival)
Running time 113 min
Country Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom/ Flag of India India/ Flag of France France
Language Hindi
IMDb profile

Salaam Bombay! is a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair, and screenwritten by her longtime creative collaborator, Sooni Taraporevala. The film chronicles the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). Despite the movie's often dark subject matter, Salaam Bombay! is ultimately a tale of hope and perseverance. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (510x709, 61 KB) Description: Movie poster of Salaam Bombay! Source: page image This image is of a film poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the film or the studio which produced the... Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Rourkela, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director. ... Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Rourkela, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director. ... Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Rourkela, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ... Nana Patekar (Marathi:नाना पाटेकर) (born 1 January 1951 as Vishwanath Patekar) is a highly acclaimed Indian actor and filmmaker. ... Raghuvir Yadav is a very talented actor in Bollywood. ... L. Subramaniam in action at a 2003 concert in Chennai. ... Mirabai Films is a film company founded by director Mira Nair. ... is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Hindi ( , Devanagari: or , IAST: , IPA: ), an Indo-European language spoken all over India in varying degrees and extensively in northern and central India, is one of the 22 official languages of India and is also used for central government administrative purposes , along with English. ... Hindi ( , Devanagari: or , IAST: , IPA: ), an Indo-European language spoken all over India in varying degrees and extensively in northern and central India, is one of the 22 official languages of India and is also used for central government administrative purposes , along with English. ... Mira Nair (born October 15, 1957 at Rourkela, Orissa) is an India-born, New York-based film director. ... Sooni Taraporevala is best known as the screenwriter for the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay! and Mississippi Masala, both directed by Mira Nair. ... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ...

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Plot Summary

Salaam Bombay is the story of Krishna, Manju and other children living hand-to-mouth on the streets of Bombay. Sometimes they can get temporary jobs, but mostly they have to beg for money and keep out of the way of the police.


The primary character, Krishna arrives in Bombay looking to earn 500 rupees to repay his mother for destroying his brother's motor-bike. Originally Krishna is apprenticed to a circus, but after they pack up and move on, leaving him behind, he makes his way to Bombay. Krishna is illiterate and, in spite of his circumstances, far too trusting of those around him. The Rupee (₨ or Rs. ...


Almost immediately Krishna is robbed. He follows the thieves and winds up befriending them. One of these thieves, a drug dealer and addict named Chillum, helps him get a job at a tea stall. Here Krishna acquires a new name, "Chaipau", meaning "tea & bread." In spite of his work at the tea stand, Krishna and his friends are forced to take odd jobs to survive. When Krishna loses his position as a tea boy, he also resorts to begging and petty theft.


One of the stops on Krishna's tea route is a brothel; he befriends some of the inhabitants. He quickly becomes acquainted with Baba, the mastermind overseeing criminal activities in their corner of Bombay. While Baba presents himself as benevolent to outsiders, he is actually controlling drug and prostitution rings. He also employs Krishna's friend, Chillum, as a dealer. Baba's common law wife, Rekha, is a prostitute; their young daughter, Manju, lives with them in the brothel and witnesses everything that occurs there.


One of the madams hires Baba to "tame" Sola Saal ("sixteen years"), a young girl who has been kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Baba accomplishes this by completely misleading the girl into believing he loves her and wants to rescue her. Krishna really does fall in love with Sola Saal, however, he is powerless to save her from the brothel.


Chillum's drug use escalates; he is eventually fired by Baba and resorts to begging in the streets to score enough money for a fix. He ultimately dies from his addiction; Krishna and his friends oversee his funeral. Krishna will later discover that before dying, Chillum stole all of the money he was saving to go home, in spite of their friendship.


One night, while returning home with their friends after working at a wedding, Krishna and Manju are apprehended by the police. Manju is sent to an orphanage. When Rekha tries to reclaim her, she is told that she has permanently lost custody, and that Manju will be adopted by a reputable family. Krishna, on the other hand, is accused of theft and taken to a juvenile detention home. He soon escapes the home and returns to the streets to continue his quest to earn the rupees and return home.


Krishna tries to convince Sola Saal to run away with him. However, she has now been completely "tamed" by Baba, and refuses to leave. Krishna hides while Sola Saal is sent out to entertain her first client.


Rekha, distraught over the loss of Manju, packs her bags to leave. Baba attempts to stop her and becomes violent. Krishna, happening upon the scene, kills Baba by stabbing him in the back with a knife. He and Rekha flee into the crowds celebrating the festival of Ganesha -- the Hindu deity in charge of removing all obstacles. For other uses, see Ganesha (disambiguation). ...


Cast

  • Shafiq Syed - Krishna/Chaipau
  • Hansa Vithal - Manju
  • Chanda Sharma - Sola Saal
  • Raghuvir Yadav - Chillum (as Raghubir Yadav)
  • Aneeta Kanwar - Rekha
  • Nana Patekar - Baba
  • Raju Barnad - Keera
  • Chandrashekhar Naidu - Chungal
  • Sarfuddin Quarrassi - Koyla
  • Mohanraj Babu - Salim

Raghuvir Yadav is a very talented actor in Bollywood. ... Nana Patekar (Marathi:नाना पाटेकर) (born 1 January 1951 as Vishwanath Patekar) is a highly acclaimed Indian actor and filmmaker. ...

Awards

Won

  • 1988 Won Golden Camera, Cannes Film Festival
  • 1988 Won Lilian Gish Award Excellence in Feature Film. Los Angeles Women in Film Festival (Tied with Elysium)
  • 1988 Won Jury Prize Montréal World Film Festival (Tied with The Dawning)
  • 1988 Won Most Popular Film Montréal World Film Festival
  • 1988 Won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Montréal World Film Festival

The Caméra dOr (Golden Camera) is an award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes selections (Official Selection, Directors Fortnight or International Critics Week). ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... The Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) — Festival des Films du Monde - Montréal (FFM) — is one of Montreals oldest international film festivals. ...

Nominated

  • 1989 Nominated Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
  • 1990 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Film not in the English Language
  • 1989 Nominated César Best Foreign Film. César Awards (Meilleur film étranger)
  • 1990 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
  • 1989 Nominated Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film

Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The César Award is the national film award of France first given out in 1975. ... Filmfare Awards are Bollywoods answer to the Oscars. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Trivia

  • Most of the young actors who appeared in Salaam Bombay! were actual street children. They received dramatic training at a special workshop in Bombay before they appeared in the film.
  • In 1989, director Mira Nair established an organization called the Salaam Baalak Trust to rehabilitate the children who appeared in the film. Most of them were eventually helped. The Trust is still in existence, and now lends support to street children in Mumbai/Bombay, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar.
  • Filmed on location in Bombay.
  • This was the movie showing in the theatre during the movie Scenes from a Mall, starring Woody Allen and Bette Midler.

Scenes from a Mall is a 1991 satirical film directed by Paul Mazursky starring Bette Midler and Woody Allen. ...

External links

  • Salaam Bombay! at the Internet Movie Database
  • Salaam Baalak Trust
  • More information on the Salaam Baalak Trust at GiveWorld

 
 

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