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Salaam Bombay! (13-Sep-1988)

Director: Mira Nair

Writers: Mira Nair; Sooni Taraporevala

Keywords: Drama, India


Review by anonymous (posted on 27-Jun-2005)

Powerful! A brilliant movie depicting a slice of life among the mostly poor inhabitants of an Indian City. The central characters are a boy who is struggling to earn enough money to get back to his rural village, as well as a family whose main breadwinner is the prostitute-mother, and her opressive live in pimp. One thing really comes across, and that is he desperate gnawing drive among the cities poor to simply survive from day to day. You can't stop watching this film, because every scene is so alien to what we are used to seeing in the West on a day to day basis. Most of these people are not devout Hindus......but many are bankrupt morally and emotionally. A woman who procures young virgins for older wealthy men at a hefty price. Drug addicts. Callous people. After having almost saved enough to escape this hell-hole, the young rural lad is swept up in the jaws of a corrupt and uncaring police/government net that doesn't seem to care he did nothing for which he should be punished. If India is even remotely like this, it's no wonder that so many of it's citizens run for cover in other parts of the world.

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