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Salaam Bombay

Special Edition


4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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From director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), this "brilliantly achieved, stunning and powerful" (Los Angeles Times) film "burst onto the Indian cinema scene with the force of a tornado" (Time Out London)! Winner of the Caméra d'Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® in 1989, this riveting look at life on the hardened streets of Bombay went on to accumulate accolades and awards across the globe! Forced to leave his family at a very young age, Krishna lives on the streets with pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts and other homeless children. He earns very little money – but it's more than most – delivering tea so he can return home to his family. But his honest plan is foiled when his hard-earned money is stolen by his closest friend, forcing Krishna to follow in the footsteps of so many street children of Bombay…by turning to a life of crime.

Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) adds her angry voice to the cinema of forgotten children in this wrenching drama of an 11-year-old boy (real-life street kid Shafiq Syed) who heads to the big city and joins a sea of homeless kids and down-and-out adults scrambling to survive the pitiless streets. The fantasy of Bollywood dreams hangs just out of reach in posters, movies, and radio tunes, momentary respites from the hard reality of a world ruled by brutal pimps and drug dealers. In the tradition of Los Olvidados and Pixote, former documentarian Nair's feature debut is shot entirely in the slums of Bombay with a largely nonprofessional cast from the same streets. Though the drama is at times misty and melodramatic, her clear-eyed look at the mercenary world around these ultimately fragile forgotten children earned her the Caméra D'Or at Cannes in 1988. --Sean Axmaker

Special features

  • Five original documentaries shot in India: "One Chance in a Million," "A Color in the Hand of the Painter," "I Got Love," "It Gave Me a Career," and "So Kids Like Us Can Learn Forever"
  • "No Guts, No Glory" original featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Product details

  • Actors: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav, Anita Kanwar
  • Directors: Mira Nair
  • Writers: Mira Nair, Hriday Lani, Sooni Taraporevala
  • Producers: Anil Tejani, Cherie Rodgers, Gabriel Auer, Jane Balfour
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Hindi (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Hindi (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00007KQ9V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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