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Bombay (1995)

A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (story/screenplay), Umesh Sharma (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arvind Swamy ... Shekhar Narayanan Pillai
Manisha Koirala ... Shaila Bano
Nassar ... Shekhar's father (as Nazar)
Kitty Kitty ... Basheer (Shaila Banu's father)
Master Harsha Master Harsha ... Kabir Narayan
Master Hriday Master Hriday ... Kamal Basheer
Tinnu Anand ... Shakti Samaj Leader
Akash Khurana ... Muslim leader
Nagendra Prasad Nagendra Prasad ... (as S. Nagendra Prasad)
Prakash Raj
Sonali Bendre ... Dancer (Special Appearance)
M.V. Vasudeva Rao M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... (as Vasudeva Rao)
Ratnakar Ratnakar
Rallapalli Rallapalli ... (as Raallapalli)
Deesh Mariwala Deesh Mariwala
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Storyline

Based on true incidents, a south Indian Hindu man falls in love with a Muslim woman--taboo in the small village from which they hail. They marry against family wishes and move to Mumbai, where he works as a reporter for a large daily newspaper. Eventually, the couple has twin boys. The rest of the film is set during the December 1992-January 1993 period when the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid controversy raised religious tension in Mumbai and other parts of India, which sparked rioting and violence. The couple is separated from their children, and the fathers of both parents are killed when their home is burned by rioters. A reporter is shown interviewing politicians from both factions as well as the police. An underlying moral of thinking of oneself as an Indian rather than a Hindu or a Muslim is prevalent throughout the latter part of the film. The family is finally reunited after much searching through hospitals, morgues, and shelters. But the violence has left indelible impressions ... Written by Munesh Makhija <mmakhija@trc.tellabs.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

10 March 1995 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombaim See more »

Filming Locations:

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

The latter part of the film takes place during 1992, but in a scene set a few years earlier, Shekhar is wearing a Colorado Rockies shirt. The Rockies were established in 1993. See more »

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Soundtracks

Kuchi Kuchi
Sung by Hariharan, Swarnalatha, 'G.V. Prakash Kumar' and 'Shraddha Sinha' {Tamil}
Sung by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, 'G.V. Prakash Kumar' and 'Shraddha Sinha' {Tamil}
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Tamil lyrics by Vairamuthu
Hindi lyrics by Mehboob
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Piece de resistance!!
24 February 2001 | by srininet1See all my reviews

Wallah! What a movie. Shakes and stirs u till the final moment. I saw it and was amazed at how naturally ManiRathnam captures emotions and brings the whole theatre alive with Superlative Direction, Excellent Music, Super dialogues,etc.....!! Truly worth watching!!


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