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Release Date:
2 March 1990 (USA) See more »
Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Naseeruddin Shah ... Inspector Ghote

Stellan Skarsgård ... Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ... Lala Heera Lal

Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Lal

Annu Kapoor ... Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ... Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ... Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji ... Mr. Perfect

Johnny Walker ... Jain
Mohan Agashe ... A.C.P. Samant
Rajesh Vivek ... Zero Police

Ratna Pathak ... Pratima Ghote (as Ratna Pathak Shah)
Salim Ghouse ... Caste-Marks Goonda
Sameer Kakkad ... Felix Sousa

Vinod Nagpal ... Minister

Sakina Jaffrey ... Neena Lal (introducing)
Nayeem Hafizka ... Prem Lal (introducing)
Baba Majgoakar ... Jeweler
Viju Khote ... Head Constable
Wahid Chowhan ... Producer
Imaaduddin Shah ... Ved Ghote
Gopi Krishna ... Dance Master
Ashley D'Silva ... Photographer
Pearl Padamsee ... Nurse
Lilliput ... Black Shirt
P.M. Maniar ... Drunken Guest
Aida Noorani ... Student
Bomi Kapadia ... Sgt. Moos

Directed by
Zafar Hai 
M.R. Shahjahan 
Writing credits
H.R.F. Keating (screenplay) and
Zafar Hai (screenplay)

H.R.F. Keating (novel)

Produced by
Wahid Chowhan .... producer
Godrej .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... executive producer
Deepak Nayar .... associate producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... co-producer
Jitesh Vora .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
Film Editing by
Charles Rees 
Casting by
Jennifer Jaffrey 
Production Design by
Sartaj Noorani 
Kiran Patki 
Art Direction by
Ram Yedekar 
Set Decoration by
Agnes Fernandes 
Costume Design by
Sally Turner 
Makeup Department
Mariam Samuel .... hair stylist (as Marium Samuel)
Mustaque Sheikh .... makeup artist (as Mushtaq Sheikh)
Production Management
Waman Y. Mohile .... production manager (as Waman Mohile)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nayeem Hafizka .... third assistant director
Ajit Mann .... third assistant director
Mark Potter .... assistant director
Fahad Samar .... third assistant director
Shahjahan .... second assistant director (as Shahjehan)
Art Department
Tom Freeman .... property master
Agnes Goveas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Prashant Gupta .... dubbing assistant: Bombay
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Andrew Morris .... boom operator (as Andy Morris)
Anna Shepherd .... sound editor
Mike Shoring .... sound
Jon Silverside .... sound editor
Akbar Bakshi .... stunt coordinator
Shyam Kaushal .... stunt coordinator (as Kaushal)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mulchand Dedhia .... gaffer
Tony Garrett .... assistant camera
Rajesh Joshi .... second unit camera
Jahangir Khan .... still photographer
Natarajan .... clapper loader
Gyanchand Rikki .... chief grip
Sooni Taraporevala .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vasant Chayan .... wardrobe assistant (as Vasant Chavan)
Editorial Department
Munna Rizvi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Keith Grant .... music mixer
Zakir Hussain .... musician: tabla
Sultan Khan .... musician: sarangi
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Robert Stewart .... music associate
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Joyce Barneto .... production secretary (as Joyce Barnetto)
Rakesh Mehra .... production assistant
Rambali Mishra .... production assistant
Tabrez Noorani .... production assistant
Bunny Reuben .... director of publicity
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... production coordinator (as Shanaz Vahanvaty)
Sabra Van Dolsen .... script supervisor
James O'Donnell .... forensic officer (uncredited)

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UK:93 min
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Did You Know?

Writer H. R. F. Keating makes a cameo appearance around eight minutes into the movie. After Inspector Ghote attacks Inspector Svensson thinking he is a diamond smuggler. When the real diamond smuggler realizes that his courier tiny man (Annu Kapoor) has fled, he decides to take a flight out of India and goes to ticketing counter to inquire for the next flight. H. R. F. Keating appears as passenger on the ticket counter in scene.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
One of the few films that captures Bombay in it's true form!, 6 April 2005
Author: S J from St. Louis, USA

The film, out on DVD now, does have it's moments but what surprises me is that Stellan Skarsgard actually appears awkward thru most of the movie. Now there are moments when Naseer and Stellan actually seem to bring the lackluster script to life but for the most part the film just prods on, rather unsteadily, despite the presence of some fine Indian actors.

However, as one of the earlier reviews point out, the movie does bring about the look and feel of a city like Bombay and all it's paradoxes. It's touching to see remnants of a culture perched against a back drop of the South Bombay skyline that's amongst the most expensive piece of real estate in the world. WHile a film like this would not help western audiences, looking for an insight into Indian culture and rituals, it does provide entertainment in the form of mannerisms, superstitions, culture specific behavior (like Ghote's middle-class Maharashtrian background, the Goan wedding event taking place in some suburb in Bombay) that are so uniquely Bombay - a place with such an amazing identity and diversity that it leaves a permanent impression on you!

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