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Mira Nair (story)
Sooni Taraporevala (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 October 1988 (USA) See more »
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Shafiq Syed ... Krishna / Chaipau
Hansa Vithal ... Manju Golub
Chanda Sharma ... Sola Saal

Raghuvir Yadav ... Chillum (as Raghubir Yadav)
Anita Kanwar ... Rekha Golub (as Aneeta Kanwar)

Nana Patekar ... Baba Golub
Anjaan ... Child at the circus
Amrit Patel ... Circus Boss
Murari Sharma ... Ticket Seller
Ram Murthy ... Mad Man (as Ram Moorti)
Sarfuddin Qureshi ... Koyla (as Sarfuddin Quarassi)
Raju Barnad ... Keera
Irshad Hashmi ... Chacha
Mohanraj Babu ... Salim
Chandrashekhar Naidu ... Chungal
Krishna Thapa ... Nepali Middleman (as Kishan Thapa)
Shaukat Azmi ... Bordal owner
Haneef Zahoor ... Bouncer
Jamila ... Woman at the bordal
Ramesh Rai ... Barber
Shaukat H. Inamdar ... Crawford Market Shopkeeper

Irrfan Khan ... Letter writer
Neal Gettinger ... Uncle Sam (as Neil Gettinger)

Yunus Parvez ... Hashimbhai
Habib Azmi ... Ganga smoker
Ramesh Goyal ... Customer at Rekha's House (as Ramesh Gohil)
Sanjana Kapoor ... Western Journalist (as Sanjna Kapoor)
Biswadeep Chatterjee ... Hippie Guide
Ameer ... Ravi (as Ameer Bhai)
Ajju Kasam ... Angry Man in Movie Theatre
Double Battery Stafford ... Woman at the cinema
Rana Singh ... Old man at the cinema
Dinshaw Daji ... Parsi Bawaji
Jayant Joshi ... Tailor
Prashant Jaiswal ... Wedding Singer
Joyce Barneto ... Bride
Hassan Kutty ... Spouse
Preshit Shringarpure ... Fat kin at Wedding
B.D. Sharma ... Cop
Mohammed Ali ... Handcuffed man in van
Dilip Das ... Chiller Room Song Leader
Alfred Anthony ... Lalua Chor
Ramesh Deshavani ... Murtaza

Anjan Srivastav ... Superintendent (as Anjan Srivastava)
Eric Paymaster ... Superintendent's Echo

Sulabha Deshpande ... Social Worker at Juvenile Centre (as Sulbha Deshpande)
Mohan Tantaru ... Chillum II
Sheikh Haroon ... Solasaal's first costumer

Directed by
Mira Nair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hriday Lani  dialogue
Mira Nair  story
Sooni Taraporevala  screenplay
Sooni Taraporevala  story

Produced by
Gabriel Auer .... executive producer: France
Jane Balfour .... associate producer
Mitch Epstein .... co-producer
Mira Nair .... producer
Michael Nozik .... executive producer: US
Cherie Rodgers .... co-executive producer
Anil Tejani .... executive producer: India
Original Music by
L. Subramaniam 
Cinematography by
Sandi Sissel 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
Casting by
Hassan Kutty 
Production Design by
Mitch Epstein 
Art Direction by
Nitin Chandrakant Desai  (as Nitin Desai)
Nitish Roy 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hassan Kutty .... first assistant director
Dinaz Stafford .... first assistant director
Nilita Vachani .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Rosemary Abitabile .... apprentice sound editor
Margaret Crimmins .... supervising sound editor
Dominique Dalmasso .... re-recording mixer
Neal Gettinger .... boom operator (as Neil Gettinger)
Jonathan Liebling .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound editor
Laure Sullivan .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Imtiaz Ansari .... electrician
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer
Mitch Epstein .... second unit photography
Vangelis Kalambakas .... dolly grip
Hiroo Keswani .... second assistant camera
Lee Anthony Macnamara .... first assistant camera
Kamlesh Sadrani .... generator operator
Sooni Taraporevala .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deepa Kakkar .... costumer
Editorial Department
Tula Goenka .... assistant editor
Music Department
Shyam Kane .... musician: tabla
Mark Massey .... musician: keyboards
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion
P. Srinavasan .... musician: mridangam and ghatam
George Struntz .... musician: acoustic guitar
L. Subramaniam .... conductor
L. Subramaniam .... music arranger
L. Subramaniam .... musician: violin
Vijayshree Subramaniam .... musician: voice
Ron Wagner .... musician: drums
Jerry Watts Jr. .... musician: bass
Ernie Watts .... musician: horns
Other crew
Joyce Barneto .... production coordinator: Bombay
Shiladitya Bora .... distribution: re-release
Gloria Bremer .... production coordinator: New York
Gisèle Grellet-Bouquet .... production accountant
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Ambrish Manilal .... production accountant
Nilita Vachani .... script supervisor
Jehangir Choudhary .... special thanks

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113 min | UK:109 min | Argentina:112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Irrfan Khan made an appearance in this film as a writer, one of his first appearances.See more »
Continuity: Krishna starts off with eight glasses of tea. One glass is broken by Sweet Sixteen when he offers her a drink. He is then seen walking back to the tea stand with eight full glasses, but when he gets back he has seven empty glasses.See more »
Rekha Golub:[To Baba] Just like a customer.See more »
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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece., 9 January 2001
Author: akatosh from Windsor, Calif

The story of Chaipu, a youngster thrown on the streets of Bombay, and his struggle to keep it all together. Excellent performances all around. I especially liked Chanda Sharma as 'Solasaal' and Hansa Vithal as her daughter 'Manju'.

This film gives the creepy feeling you aren't watching actors but a movie made of people going about their daily life.

Even if you don't like the story the cinematography is stunning. Filmed on location in Bombay the movie gives an unvarnished glimpse of many places you'd be unlikely to visit on a vacation there.

The credits state 43 locations in 43 days.

I've seen this movie so many times I don't need to read the sub-titles anymore as I know the dialogue by heart.

A masterpiece. Easily one of the top 100 films of the last 50 years.

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