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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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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 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 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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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, Maharashtra, India

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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

Nana Patekar accidentally got stabbed by the child actor. The actor did not understand the director's instructions properly. See more »

Goofs

The day Chaipav escapes the Child Reformation Home, the Superintendent and his assistant are watching the Semi-Final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup (as evident from the commentary), which was held on 5th November, 1987. But when Chaipav returns to the red-light district the same day, a procession can be seen carrying a huge Ganpati idol, so the day must be Ganesh Chaturthi (installation day) or Anant Chaturdashi (Ganpati Visarjan- immersion day). However, in 1987, the dates for Ganesh Chaturthi and Anant Chaturdashi were 28th August and 6th September, respectively. Thus, the semi-final and Ganesh Chaturthi/Visarjan did not take place on the same day. 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

References Mother India (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do I Begin?
(uncredited)
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Carl Sigman
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A story of lost innocence
17 December 2001 | by nqureSee all my reviews

Like the 'Square Circle' which came after it, Mira Nair's film is a wonderful counterpoint to traditional Bollywood cinema, depicting issues that many in India would like conveniently swept under the carpet. Filled with humanity and compassion, the film does have a parallel with Bollywood dramas as it too is about 'escapism'. However, the story shows how these dreams are illusory; the silent 'Sweet Sixteen' showing her romantic photograph - a pretence - as her brothel madam hawks her virginity to a prospective buyer; Krishna's hopes of being forgiven and returning home to his family; the prostitute Rekha's hopes of a 'family life' with the pimp Baba.

I particularly liked the way Nair paralleled childhood innocence with adult cynicism and cruelty. The final scene where Krishna the teaboy weeps for his lost innocence and at what he has become is very moving; like the drug-addict Chillum, he has 'forgotten' how he first came to Bombay and now only sees a life of despair and suffering.


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