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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 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of the young actors who appeared in the film were actual street children. They received dramatic training at a special workshop in Bombay before they appeared in the film. 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 Scenes from a Mall (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Chillum
(uncredited)
Written by Raghuvir Yadav
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Moving Work
25 May 1999 | by possum-7See all my reviews

Writer/Director Mira Nair presents the tribulations of life on the streets of Bombay, India through the eyes of a young, homeless boy. His arduous story is captured in spectacular cinematography by Nair, whose use of heavy tones and color combined with intriguing camera angels lend to the film's melancholic nature. Not a commercial blockbuster in the United States, this is moving piece of work that deserves every bit of the critical claim it received. A film that stays with you long after viewing!


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