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Bombay (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 March 1995 (India)
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

Certificate:

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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

Kehna Hi Kya was sampled by Sid Vashi in the song "Lips" featuring Soopy from the album Motherland and Tourism. See more »

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 »

Alternate Versions

There is a dubbed version of this movie in Hindi/Urdu, with Hindi/Urdu songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ye Maaya Chesave (2010) See more »

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Bombay Theme
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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Strong Strong Strong, a wonderful movie...
21 July 2002 | by jonasjobbarSee all my reviews

Begins like a silly Indian love/dance movie and develops into the strongest, most emotional movie I have ever seen. I saw it in the Gothenburg film festival and I saw couples holding each other after the film finished (comforting each other) and a guy asked: " Do they have a crisis center set up to help us deal with the movie now?". Religious tensions and human conflicts is a hard subject (doing the right vs the wrong thing), wonderfully dealt with in this movie. A strong argument for peace and a colorful tale of recent Indian history. See it.


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