Salaam Bombay!
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Joining the ranks of such previous "street children" classics as Shoeshine and Pixote is the Anglo-Indian Salaam Bombay! Shafig Syed plays Krishna, a country boy forced to grow up in the slums of New Delhi. Soon, Krishna knows no other life than hustling and stealing, and no other "neighbors" than the druggies, pimps and prostitutes who populate the teeming streets. The grimness of the subject matter is leavened at times with a steady stream of fascinating and colorful supporting characters. Salaam Bombay! was the first fictional feature from documentary filmmaker Mira… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The director's experience making documentaries served her well as she worked for weeks with the kids who inhabit Bombay's backstreets."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"honest and haunting portrait"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Mira Nair's feature debut is a moving and powerful look at people for whom survival itself is a major achievement."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"A savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Nair's debut, winner of Cannes Festival Camera d'Or, tells the harrowing story of one boy's life among thieves, prostitutes and drug dealers. Though inspired by De Sica, Babenco, and Ray, it acheves distinctive intensity and color from its unique locale"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Nair has been able to make a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Will take your breathe away with its harrowing portrait of the deprivations endured by a hungry and homeless boy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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