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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film was previously titled "Chal Bombay Chal". 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 »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Chick Melody
Written & performed by L. Subramaniam
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User Reviews

 
one of the best about India - from India...watch it.
7 January 2005 | by arbit-writerSee all my reviews

i have been late in watching it, but after watching it u feel that you can never be late in watching such a movie. The movie is excellent. Perhaps Mira Nair's best. I was particularly moved by the story and the picturization. you see the striking poverty and its madness, but Mira has been brilliant to show life in it. a lost boy in a big city with a dream to get back home, keeps himself in control, while everything around him is so much polluted with drugs, and prostitution. Poverty is never neat, in the movie also it is validly not shown as such. But the innocence and strength of children, and them growing up in such conditions, makes them more enduring than adults. to say the least the movie is all about life. it is there to show that no matter how hard it is, life exists in slums, in poverty, and people are living it. the movie is a collectors item. one of the best about India - from India...watch it. Salaam Bombay.


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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:

Hello Bombay! See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, India See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,080,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,080,758
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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