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Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

Hriday Lani (dialogue), Mira Nair (story) | 2 more credits »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shafiq Syed ... Krishna / Chaipau
Hansa Vithal Hansa Vithal ... Manju Golub
Chanda Sharma Chanda Sharma ... Sola Saal
Raghuvir Yadav ... Chillum (as Raghubir Yadav)
Anita Kanwar Anita Kanwar ... Rekha Golub (as Aneeta Kanwar)
Nana Patekar ... Baba Golub
Anjaan Anjaan ... Child at the circus
Amrit Patel ... Circus Boss
Murari Sharma Murari Sharma ... Ticket Seller
Ram Murthy Ram Murthy ... Mad Man (as Ram Moorti)
Sarfuddin Qureshi Sarfuddin Qureshi ... Koyla (as Sarfuddin Quarassi)
Raju Barnad Raju Barnad ... Keera
Irshad Hashmi ... Chacha
Mohanraj Babu Mohanraj Babu ... Salim
Chandrashekhar Naidu Chandrashekhar Naidu ... Chungal
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Storyline

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he had trashed. Krishna is left behind by the circus and he takes a train to Bombay. Krishna is called Chaipau by the street children of Bombay and he works delivering and selling tea for Chacha, who owns a street bar. Krishna befriends the heroin addicted Chillum that sells drugs for the drug dealer and caftan Baba Golub, and the girl Manju Golub, who is the daughter of Baba with the prostitute Rekha Golub. Krishna dreams on saving 500 rupees to return home, but the life on the streets of Bombay is not easy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Salaam Baalak Trust

Country:

UK | India | France

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

7 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salaam Bombay See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, India See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,080,046
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bollywood 2nd movie nominated for Oscar after Mother India (1957). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rekha Golub: [To Baba] Just like a customer.
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Crazy Credits

Ending credits: no guts no glory 52 locations 52 days what problem? no problem See more »


Soundtracks

Daar Laga Ley
(uncredited)
Written by Sachin Dev Burman
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Lost Childhoods
22 January 2005 | by rl400See all my reviews

A brilliant but sad film in which we follow abandoned Krishna on his quest to make enough money to return to his village. Along the way we meet the street kids, prostitutes, pimps and dealers he shares everyday life with.

An amazing aspect is that all the child actors in the film are real street kids picked after attending workshops run by Nair and friends. In particular the central performances of Krishna, Manju and Coalpiece (his songs!) are superb. Despite their hardships there are some great moments when you see glimpses of the playful kids within.

The film never wanders into over-sentimentality and at times its hard to believe you're not watching a documentary. Hindi-film music and escapism seeps into everyday life, actors mingle with ordinary people and the whole film is shot in real locations around Mumbai that just drip with atmosphere. This sadly includes the chiller room which was filmed as they found it along with the soul-crushing 'Flowers that never bloom' prayer.

The story wanders and can be slow but this only serves to draw you into their world and leave you sad and angry at the end - at the loss of childhood for these kids and countless others. Still relevant today.


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