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      Salaam Bombay!

      Released Oct 7, 1988 1h 53m Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 30 Reviews 93% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings After destroying his older brother's motorbike in retaliation for his constant bullying, 11-year-old Krishna (Shafiq Syed) is sent to a traveling circus to earn money to pay for the bike's repairs, but soon winds up in the streets of Bombay's poorest slums. There, he befriends the drug dealer Chillum (Raghubir Yadav) and the beautiful young prostitute Sola Saal (Chanda Sharma), while trying to make enough money at a neighborhood tea stall to repay his debt to his family. Read More Read Less
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      Salaam Bombay! examines life in a part of the world many viewers have never visited -- but does so with enough compassion and grace to make them feel as if they have.

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      Peter Bradshaw Guardian What strikes you is not simply its energy and vitality and its Dickensian storytelling appetite, but its fierce unsentimentality. Rated: 4/5 Jun 17, 2021 Full Review Ted Shen Chicago Reader Like Hector Babenco's Pixote the film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace. Sep 29, 2015 Full Review Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel Watching this picture feels more like a solemn duty than a form of entertainment or enrichment. And whether it is fantasy or reality, a movie should never be something you see as a duty. Rated: 3/5 Sep 29, 2015 Full Review Hilary Mantel The Spectator A warm and lively film, made by Mira Nair with only a handful of professional actors. Apr 9, 2019 Full Review Jeff Simon Buffalo News Salaam Bombay! is an enormously moving and powerful film about life for children in the slums of Bombay. Apr 30, 2018 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk "The original Slumdog Millionaire"... Salaam Bombay! doesn't sweeten its depiction of poverty with feelgood fantasy, but Nair does nevertheless convey the energy and vitality that here co-exists with extreme deprivation. Jun 25, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sri R This is such a moving, real, and deep view if young boys trying to survive on the streets in India. It made an indelible impression on me. Mira Nair, the director is to be complimented. Unfortunately I can't see it anywhere. Twice I bought VHS tapes from places. But they turned out blank. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Had this in my DVD stack for ages; glad lockdown gave me a chance to watch. The real-life locations are great and the child actors are very natural. Would like to hope the situation for the street children is better today. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Masterpiece of Bollywood Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review bhuvanesh b Awesome movie! Much better than the trash film Slumdog Millionaire. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Rarely has been captured the emotions of a child so real on film and for that Mira Nair, hats off! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member another tale of a street kid in the slums od Bombay (Mumbai) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After destroying his older brother's motorbike in retaliation for his constant bullying, 11-year-old Krishna (Shafiq Syed) is sent to a traveling circus to earn money to pay for the bike's repairs, but soon winds up in the streets of Bombay's poorest slums. There, he befriends the drug dealer Chillum (Raghubir Yadav) and the beautiful young prostitute Sola Saal (Chanda Sharma), while trying to make enough money at a neighborhood tea stall to repay his debt to his family.
      Director
      Mira Nair
      Producer
      Mira Nair
      Screenwriter
      Sooni Taraporevala
      Production Co
      Mirabai Films, National Film Development Corporation of India, Film Four International
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Hindi
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 7, 1988, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 14, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 53m