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5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Street Children in Bombay
Mira Nair shows the realities of living on the streets in Bombay where children sleep under bridges and sell tea to the prostitutes in brothels as they try to earn money to live from day to day ... Primarily, the film revolves around Krishna, a young boy of 11 years, who left his village to work on the streets of Bombay to earn 500 rupees to pay back his brother, whose...
Published on 13 Nov 2006 by Erika Borsos

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3.0 out of 5 stars BE AWARE THIS FILM IS IN HINDI
Main problem is that there doesn't seem to be any indication on the website that this film is in HINDI

Yes there are subtitles but it is apparent they are giving only the highlights of the conversation that is happening on screen
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Street Children in Bombay, 13 Nov 2006
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Mira Nair shows the realities of living on the streets in Bombay where children sleep under bridges and sell tea to the prostitutes in brothels as they try to earn money to live from day to day ... Primarily, the film revolves around Krishna, a young boy of 11 years, who left his village to work on the streets of Bombay to earn 500 rupees to pay back his brother, whose bicycle he destroyed. He becomes part of a group of kids who hang out together and look out for one another ... They associate with drug dealers and prostitutes. While the film does show how drugs can destroy lives and how young innocent girls are lured into prostitution there is also a truthfulness and innocence which is conveyed ... The film depicts how the kids survive amidst poverty and how they manage to create a sustainable lifestyle with some semblance of happiness and a wonder for life despite having next to nothing in a material sense.

One of the best extra features on this DVD is the commentary by the director. Mira Nair provides insights into how many of the unique scenes were shot. She discusses particular angles and views used by the camera to capture the pure honesty of this lifestyle. She also describes difficulties encountered and how they were resolved, the major one was meeting the budget, the other was was getting big name actors and actresses for the key roles. Fortunately the subject matter was of such importance, a large British studio Filfour agreed to help fund the project if Ms Nair could raise 51% of the budget herself. Another plus was, the subject of the film was deemed a "governement film" and therefore she received funds as well as access to areas which otherwise would be denied, such as the children's home where street kids were taken after arrested. Ms Nair managed to get a popular male stage actor who had never done films to play one of the lead roles and to her delight, he has since become one of India's most famous leading male film actors. She also snared a popular female television soap opera star to play the female lead ...

One of the most unusual but appealing elements in this film is how Ms Mair used actual street children to be the key actors in the film. She held auditions and made selections then held seven week long workshops where they learned their parts via pictures of scenes which they memorized. Another captivating aspect of this film is how real streets with shop keepers and shoppers were filmed along with the real train station and the natural activities which fit the storyline of the film. This film is a magnificent study of a way of life that few people can imagine but it is all too common in poverty stricken areas of the world. Through this film, Mira Nair has brought the attention of the world to the plight of homeless children in India. She has made a great contribution to improving their lives on many levels. Due to her efforts, trusts have been established in Bombay and other major cities to educate and assist these children. The film itself is a mix of documentary and fiction which captures the intimate details of their reality in vivid color, detail, and honesty. This is a most highly recommended film. Erika Borsos {pepper flower}
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic portrayal of a very real struggle through poverty, 2 Jun 2002
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay [DVD] (DVD)
This is an amazing film which highlights the desperation of many children living in poverty in India. Mixing themes of prostitution, crime and poverty, the film invokes deep sympathy and concern from even the most hard hearted of viewers. Seen from the eyes of a young boy, the infamous 'chiller room' scene will definitely make you cry. A must see - this film moves away from the glitz of bollywood and shows the daily struggle of so many caught in the poverty trap
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic, evocative and wholly outstanding collection, 5 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay Ost (Audio CD)
Composed by renowned South Indian recording artist L. Subramaniam, the "Salaam Bombay!" soundtrack features an invigorating blend of jazz and traditional Indian styles that serves to emotively embellish the movie's heart-wrenching tale. In fusing east with west in the plaintive and the frenetic, the work also manages to gloriously capture the spirit that defines the remarkable city that is Bombay. The album is not just distinguished though by its innovativeness or even its evocativeness, but also by the sheer brilliance of the musicianship on display. Track number 6 ["Chillum's Theme" - this song does not appear in its entirety in the motion picture], for instance, remains what is, in my opinion, one of the most incredible pieces of music to have graced my ears.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lifechanging, heart wrenching story , - grab the hankies!, 5 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay [VHS] (VHS Tape)
When I first saw this film it had a profound affect on me and the rest of the cinemagoers who saw it. It is such a sad and moving portrayal of a streetkids life in bombay, and after having lived there i found it so true to life. So much so that it has haunted me ever since. I can never forget that movie.
I was so sad when I discovered that the little boy who played the lead was actually a street kid and he died after the film was made making it even more poignant to watch. It is a wonderful piece of filmmaking by ms nair and rightfully won her critical acclaim. I recommend anyone to se it and am sure u will be recommending it yourself after!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and depressing, 30 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay [DVD] (DVD)
This is very far from a feel good film- in fact it's downright depressing. But then not everything in life is rosy. The film presents a struggle through poverty. The 10 year old hero discovers that sometimes when you're down on your luck everything seems to conspire against you. It's not a particularly uplifting message but it comes across as realistic. The acting is excellent. The story doesn't always seem to be leading anywhere but then I guess that in itself is a statement on life in the ghetto. Certainly worth watching.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An authentic, spell-binding, incendiary tour de force, 5 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Salaam Bombay!" represents a quality and integrity in film-making that is all too hard to find elsewhere. It is vigorously authentic; most of the characters play themselves. It is shatteringly believable, but yet by engrossing the viewer in rich dialogue and a spell-binding plot, "Salaam Bombay!" delivers a dramatic effect that no documentary could hope to reach.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FILM NOT SOON FORGOTTEN..., 24 Nov 2002
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a superb film that gives the viewer a bird's eye view into the plight of India's urban street children. It is done through the experience of young Krishna, an illiterate, country bumpkin of a boy, who is abandoned by his mother at a circus and told not to come home until he has five hundred rupees for having broken something that belonged to his brother. While Krishna is on an errand, the circus packs up and leaves town, and he is left alone to fend for himself.
Krishna uses his last few rupees to travel to a city, which by luck of the draw turns out to be Bombay. Thrust into the life of the street children of Bombay, living among the pimps, hustlers, drug addicts, prostitutes, and throw away children that proliferate in India's urban settlements, a modern day jungle, Krishna struggles to survive. His resourcefulness holds him in good stead. He quickly develops some street smarts and forms attachments. He struggles to earn and save money, so that he can return home to his mother and the family whom he misses, only to be duped in the end by one whom he had trusted. His story breaks one's heart, as he learns some hard lessons in life.
This is a gritty look into the underbelly and plight of Bombay's poor street children, who call the gutters of its filthy urban streets home. It is filled with the sights and sounds of this urban nightmare. An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this highly acclaimed film allows the viewer a peek at another culture, only to find that basic human needs and desires are universal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BE AWARE THIS FILM IS IN HINDI, 29 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay! Special Edition [1988] [DVD] (DVD)
Main problem is that there doesn't seem to be any indication on the website that this film is in HINDI

Yes there are subtitles but it is apparent they are giving only the highlights of the conversation that is happening on screen
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4.0 out of 5 stars movie, 8 May 2014
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This review is from: Salaam Bombay! Special Edition [1988] [DVD] (DVD)
Was recommended by a friend and i enjoyed this. It is a very heart warming story, enjoyed by all the family
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salaam Bombay, 7 July 2013
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Excellent film concerning the street children of India, enjoyed every moment of it, not so sure about the abrupt ending though, would have liked to know what happened to our main character.
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