Salaam Bombay!
Salaam Bombay! (1988)

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… More

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Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice

The director's experience making documentaries served her well as she worked for weeks with the kids who inhabit Bombay's backstreets.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

honest and haunting portrait

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Mira Nair's feature debut is a moving and powerful look at people for whom survival itself is a major achievement.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A savvy, unsentimentalized first feature by director Mira Nair.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Nair has been able to make a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Will take your breathe away with its harrowing portrait of the deprivations endured by a hungry and homeless boy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
Salaam Bombay! is the story of homeless children living in the streets of Bombay, following one little boy's story in particular. Krishna (also referred… More
Lanning : )
<i>Salaam Bombay!</i> is a stark portrait of life on the streets for India's homeless children. This film is dedicated to these children and… More
Stella Dallas
with slumdog millionaire perhaps set to win an academy award for best picture, it's a good time to check out mira nair's 1988 feature, salaam bombay,… More
The debut film from the acclaimed western transplanted Indian filmmaker Mira nair. This is a tough movie which I suspect was intended for western markets, it… More
El Hombre Invisible
In the light of Slumdog Millionaire receiving praise, Salaam Bombay was recommended to me to compare in contrast. This is a remarkable Indian film directed by… More

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