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Salaam Bombay!
8.9
/10
2,181 Ratings

SALAAM BOMBAY!

Directed by Mira Nair
India, United Kingdom, 1988
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

After breaking his brother’s motorbike, Krishna, 11, is sent to a travelling circus to earn money for the repairs. However, he soon ends up in the streets of Bombay’s slums. There, he befriends a drug dealer and a young sex worker, while trying to make enough money to repay his debt to his family.

Synopsis

After breaking his brother’s motorbike, Krishna, 11, is sent to a travelling circus to earn money for the repairs. However, he soon ends up in the streets of Bombay’s slums. There, he befriends a drug dealer and a young sex worker, while trying to make enough money to repay his debt to his family.

Our take

A film about the hope and survival in the chaotic dark underbelly of Mumbai, this debut feature of leading Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair won her the Camera d’Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. With deep empathy and honesty, she creates a remarkably realistic picture of the street world.