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The Courtesans of Bombay

1983 1h 13m Drama List
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In the Mumbai, India, tenement community of Pavanpul, young female courtesans sing, dance and perform sexual favors for male clientele. Directors James Ivory and Ismail Merchant blend documentary footage and dramatic reenactments in their exploration of this seamy underworld, the flip side of the Bollywood film industry, where aspiring actors and dancers -- some even sold into prostitution by their own families -- end up, with their innocence lost and their hopes for movie stardom shattered. Read More Read Less
The Courtesans of Bombay

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Synopsis In the Mumbai, India, tenement community of Pavanpul, young female courtesans sing, dance and perform sexual favors for male clientele. Directors James Ivory and Ismail Merchant blend documentary footage and dramatic reenactments in their exploration of this seamy underworld, the flip side of the Bollywood film industry, where aspiring actors and dancers -- some even sold into prostitution by their own families -- end up, with their innocence lost and their hopes for movie stardom shattered.
Director
Ismail Merchant
Screenwriter
James Ivory, Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 9, 2005
Runtime
1h 13m