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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A movie to be remembered for ages.

Author: himanshu shekhar ( from India
11 September 2010

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This movie is by far the best movie that I've seen ever in my life. Complete in every sense, it makes quite a heavy impact. I wan only 2 when this was released, and after looking at it's quality of cinematography still beats the best of new age cinemas. The amount of dedication by the actors, and the entire team is so huge that it reflects in every second as the movie passes by. Especially the acting by 'Chillam' and 'Chaipaao' is mind blowing. It's nearly impossible to explain in words to explain this movie. So go ahead and watch it. I made at least 20 people to watch this, and everyone had the same attachment with this one as i have.


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

gotta see movie

Author: soulyce from Canada
13 January 2007

My goodness I loved this movie and found it very relevant to what goes on around the world in many slums and ghetto. The story made me feel things for all the characters, even the villain BABA (who is very attractive). This movie even has some comedy in it to make the situations that arise seem bearable. The character Manju is the sweetest thing with a little mean streak like all little girls who don't get there way. The relationship with Maju and her mother is a special one and although the mother is not perfect she loves her child to the utmost. I also found Baba to be a very complex character and i believe that he was once a good guy with good intentions. Anyways this move is 1 that you shouldn't miss if you liked movies such as : city of gods, menace to society and all those gritty coming of age movies. PS the ending is not so easy to swallow

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

The other side of Indian Shining.

Author: Shashank Shekhar from Netherlands
6 July 2006

Not too far away from those sky-towering buildings housing corporate offices the biggest global business establishments, there exists another Bombay. This movie takes you on nostalgic ride of the so-called real Bombay. It reminds you of the stark reality that still haunts India, 18 years after this movie was made. In a country that is run by the whims and fancies of a small fraction of its population, this film showcases the true but bitter truth and tries to present the other side of the coin. There is still complete darkness in the lives of those millions in spite of the great strides the country has made towards becoming a global economic and military power. It is these people that have to be taken care of and that is exactly what Mira Nair has tried to communicate through this film and of course, she has done it really well.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Salaam "Salaam Bombay"!

Author: pulipaka_as from Michigan, United States
28 August 2005

A poignant story of "riffraff" in Bombay. Mira Nair and Sooni Taraporewala allow the viewers peek into the hustle and bustle of the unwieldy Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay). Most of the lead actors of the movie- Raghubir Yadav, Nana Patekar, Anjan Srivastava, Irfan Khan, Aneeta Kanwar- are now renowned and recognized as professional artists.

For a person who is from Mumbai or from such Indian city, these stories are no strangers. But for a US-educated lady like Mira Nair, Mumbai is beyond comprehension, and as this film's maker she shows her attention to details making clear what we Indians typically ignore even when at the "ground zero"- dirt, sweat, rains, poverty, prostitution, corruption, apathy and other such travails of the great Indian bourgeois.

The movie is a must-see for all those who would like to know how hundreds of millions of Indians are grappling with life in the post-colonial era.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Still moving and fresh in 2006; excellent

Author: oh-17 from South London, UK
8 April 2006

The best, most convincing child actors I've seen - and not surprising since they aren't just playing homeless street children in Bombay: they are street children in Bombay. The content is stark, real and very well observed - a world of inescapable poverty, drugs and prostitution - driven by such great performances, strong direction and none of the heavy-handed morals/guilt mixture that some serious-subject films are guilty of, it doesn't leave that artificial-sentiment taste in your mouth; I'm just really impressed. Some of the music sounds a little dated, it was the 80's after all, but there's no point even trying to pick out any such 'faults' because they are irrelevant in the face of the brilliant central performance of Shafiq Syed. Don't not see this Mira Nair debut -you'll be missing out on one important work.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Never Seen Anything Like it .... Mira Nair U won My heart ....

Author: Makhzumi from Pakistan
6 November 2011

Chillum (Addiction). Manju (innocence). Chaipao (Hardship , frustration , ignorance ,eagerness , ambition). Empathy . Its way above normal Bollywood Movies.Something that upcoming Directors and movie makers should look at.Mira Nair makes us look into the lives of these superbly written and executed characters.What you feel at the End is empathy.Loved every bit of it.Well performed and very well directed.Normally you don't expect a Bollywood movie to be of this much level and class.But this movie will surely change your views about Bollywood cinema.Bollywood cinema at its best.Mira Nair you Rock!!! A Must see for all Bollywood Movie Freaks.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

the 400 Blows, Bombay style

Author: Michael Neumann from United States
31 December 2010

The debut feature by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair is a near-seamless blend of social documentary and coming-of-age dramatics, with the uncompromising honesty of the former combined to all the creative emotion of the latter. In this case the end of innocence doesn't present an easy rite of passage for Nair's young protagonist: a resourceful, homeless adolescent forced to grow old before his time in the mean streets and back alleys of modern Bombay. Every scene was shot on location, and the children in the film are actual homeless kids, all of them coached into remarkably natural performances alongside the few professional actors. The result is an unsentimental look at the bitter cycle of poverty and crime in a city where life is given a rare vitality by its dubious worth. Within the community of thieves, junkies, prostitutes, and pimps is a measure of compassion equal to their misery, and Nair is able to convey the stubborn spark of hope clinging to even the most tragic victims of circumstance. Expect an honest ending, not a happy one.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Authentically Powerful

Author: Mike B from Canada
19 December 2009

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A highly authentic presentation of the streets of Mumbai (called Bombay in this movie). This movie is much more character and actor driven than story driven, but the acting is very striking and emotional, particularly by the lead actor who plays the young orphan. The story is almost like a documentary and does tend to flit from scene to scene rather haphazardly at times. Nevertheless, the acting more than compensates.

The story concerns a group of street children who are struggling for their existence near a brothel. In one of the DVD extra features this story is legitimately compared to the orphans in a Dickens' novel. The life of these abandoned children is truly Dickensenian.

If you liked 'Slumdog Millionaire' you should like this. I found the street scenes in 'Salaam Bombay' even more astonishing than 'Slumdog'. Perhaps the storyline in 'Slumdog' is more polished, but the street scenes are even more powerful in 'Salaam Bombay'. There is no glamorization of life in India – this is no Bollywood depiction.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

best movie on Bombay (Mumbai) slum children

Author: theanoopk from India
25 May 2009

movie described the dark side of Indian urban society.

A child have to work on roadside tea stall. he wanted to skip from all circumstances around him. Including try to save his drug addicted friend and save a girl from being prostitute . but can't even give himself a good life. Story starts with red light area and slum of mumbai and ends with it. this movie force to think us can we live like this ,can't we do something for those slum children who just started their life. director unleashed the other side of Bombay life, not even a single shot of rich Mumbai. finest directed movie ever I seen. this movie is better than "Slumdog millionaire".

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Dark, Dirty and Dangerous Bombay

Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock
21 June 2010

Mira Nair's darkly whimsical 'Salaam Bombay' gives us a glimpse of life in the streets of Bombay. The story focuses on an urchin nicknamed Chaipau and the people he encounters. Through vivacious cinematography and eloquent writing, Nair shows us the rawness of the streets and street life. Pretty much each and every one of the colourful characters seem to be doomed to street-life. There are those who take advantage of the vulnerability of others and there are their victims that are forced to live in hardship.

Most of the scenes don't even look like they were shot for a movie but rather appear as live footage. The score has a very 80s feel to it but it terrifically adds to the atmosphere. The steady pace does not allow the viewer to think of anything other than following the movie. The performances are first rate. Child actors Shafiq Syed and Hansa Vithal are spellbinding. Raghuvir Yadav, Nana Patekar, Anita Kanwar and Chanda Sharma provide excellent support.

'Salaam Bombay' is Mira Nair's rawest film. While it tells a dark story there's a very lyrical quality to it. This easily ranks as one of Nair's finest works and definitely proves her potential as she has done terrific work since (e.g. 'The Namesake', 'Monsoon Wedding') amidst some mediocre films.

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