Bombay (1995)
"Bumbai" (original title)

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A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where the have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arvind Swamy ...
Shekhar Mishra Narayan
Shaila Bano
Tinnu Anand ...
Shakti Samaj Leader
Akash Khurana
Shekhar's father (as Nazar)
Master Harsha
Master Hriday
Sonali Bendre
Nagendra Prasad ...
(as S. Nagendra Prasad)
Prakash Raj
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ...
(as Vasudeva Rao)
Rallapalli ...
(as Raallapalli)
Deesh Mariwala


Based on true incidents, a south Indian Hindu man falls in love with a Muslim woman--taboo in the small village from which they hail. They marry against family wishes and move to Mumbai, where he works as a reporter for a large daily newspaper. Eventually, the couple has twin boys. The rest of the film is set during the December 1992-January 1993 period when the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid controversy raised religious tension in Mumbai and other parts of India, which sparked rioting and violence. The couple is separated from their children, and the fathers of both parents are killed when their home is burned by rioters. A reporter is shown interviewing politicians from both factions as well as the police. An underlying moral of thinking of oneself as an Indian rather than a Hindu or a Muslim is prevalent throughout the latter part of the film. The family is finally reunited after much searching through hospitals, morgues, and shelters. But the violence has left indelible impressions ... Written by Munesh Makhija <>

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25 July 1998 (Japan)  »

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The Hollywood movie Lord of War used the " Bombay Theme Music" in the movie. See more »


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Kuchi Kuchi
Sung by Hariharan, Swarnalatha, 'G.V. Prakash Kumar' and 'Shraddha Sinha' {Tamil}
Sung by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, 'G.V. Prakash Kumar' and 'Shraddha Sinha' {Tamil}
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Tamil lyrics by Vairamuthu
Hindi lyrics by Mehboob
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An excellent thoughtful film with good music
15 September 2001 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a film about the ethnic divide in India set during the 1994 Hindu-Muslim riots in Mumbai (Bombay).

The direction is slick, the script excellent and the songs brilliant. You will not often find an Indian Commercial film which is entertaining and has a thoughtful message.

While the ending might be idealistic and slightly unrealistic, it gives us hope that one day we will set aside our differences. The message is also not rammed down our throat, so overall go and watch this movie!

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