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Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
Heartrending story of the life lived in the back alleys and gutters of India. It is there that young Krishna must struggle to survive among the drug dealers, pimps, and prostitutes. In HD.

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

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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1988 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Do I Begin?
(uncredited)
Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Carl Sigman
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A masterpiece.
9 January 2001 | by akatoshSee all my reviews

The story of Chaipu, a youngster thrown on the streets of Bombay, and his struggle to keep it all together. Excellent performances all around. I especially liked Chanda Sharma as 'Solasaal' and Hansa Vithal as her daughter 'Manju'.

This film gives the creepy feeling you aren't watching actors but a movie made of people going about their daily life.

Even if you don't like the story the cinematography is stunning. Filmed on location in Bombay the movie gives an unvarnished glimpse of many places you'd be unlikely to visit on a vacation there.

The credits state 43 locations in 43 days.

I've seen this movie so many times I don't need to read the sub-titles anymore as I know the dialogue by heart.

A masterpiece. Easily one of the top 100 films of the last 50 years.


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Details

Official Sites:

Salaam Baalak Trust

Country:

USA | India | France | UK

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

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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