Salaam Bombay!
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Shot on-location on the streets of Bombay, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! is the gritty tale of Krishna (Shafiq Syed, a runaway discovered by Nair), a boy kicked out of his home, and abandoned by the traveling circus he had joined. In desperation, he uses the little money he has to buy a one-way ticket to the nearest city, which turns out to be Bombay. "Come back a movie star," the ticket agent tells him mockingly. In Bombay, Krishna joins a small community of street kids, and gets a job delivering tea. Soon, everyone in the downtrodden neighborhood knows him as "Chaipau"… 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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