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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 13, 1988
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

Like Hector Babenco's Pixote 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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Much to Nair`s credit, she exploits neither the exoticism of her locale (there are no tour-guide, look-at-this flourishes) nor the misery of her subjects (suffer they may, but they do not demand pity).

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

"The original Slumdog Millionaire"... Salaam Bombay! doesn't sweeten its depiction of poverty with feelgood fantasy, but Nair does nevertheless convey the energy and vitality that here co-exists with extreme deprivation.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Watching this picture feels more like a solemn duty than a form of entertainment or enrichment. And whether it is fantasy or reality, a movie should never be something you see as a duty.

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Variety Staff

Director Mira Nair, trained in America, is very much in control of her material, tells her story efficiently and has most of the cast, none of them real professionals, under total control.

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Kathleen Shea
Philadelphia Daily News

Just as the visuals are unexpectedly delightful, so is the three- dimensional carving of the characters in what could be a cliche Third World hell.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Salaam Bombay! deserves a broad audience, not just to open American eyes to plights of hunger and homelessness abroad, but to open American minds to the vitality of a cinema without rim shots and happy endings.

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Rupert Smith
Time Out

Shot entirely on location with its child actors recruited from the streets, Salaam Bombay! enters into its subjects' lives with rare authority and absolute compassion.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The movie is terrifically well acted and beautifully filmed, however, marking an auspicious feature-film debut for Indian-American director Mira Nair.

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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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