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Salaam Bombay!

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United Kingdom, India, France · 1988
Rated PG-13 · 1h 53m
Director Mira Nair
Starring Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Anita Kanwar
Genre Crime, Drama

Before Slumdog Millionaire came Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated drama tells the moving story of life on the streets of Bombay as seen through the eyes of Chaipu, a twelve-year-old boy living rough in the city.

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Director Mira Nair indulges in some melodramatic explorations, however, dangerously verging on a romanticized Oriental tearjerker mood.


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

The story sometimes seems hesitant to confront the most harrowing implications of the harsh realities it portrays. But it benefits greatly from Syed's close-to-the-bone performance as the boy.


Chicago Reader by Ted Shen

The film is unsparingly gritty, but with a woman's tenderness it also grants the characters an occasional moment of grace.

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