Specifics
India [1988] - 113m
Genre
Crime, Drama
Directed by
Mira Nair
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Salaam Bombay! poster

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November 12, 2021

1.5*/5.0*

Not a Bollywood film, though that doesn't mean it's better or more interesting. Salaam Bombay is a pretty basic drama about a kid that lives on the streets in a city that doesn't really care for his fate. You can pretty much fill in all the blanks from that meager description, Nair doesn't really add much beyond.

Krishna is a young boy loving on the streets of Bombay. He is doing odd jobs to save up money, money that will buy him a ticket out of the city. Life is tough though and around every corner are people who want to take advantage of Krishna. When he becomes involved with a drug courier, Krishna's life takes a dive.

It's a tragic story no doubt, but Nair's direction is pretty bland. The performances aren't always great either, the drama is a bit too predictable, and the conclusion felt a bit random. People who love this kind of social drama will certainly get more from this film, for me, it lacked cinematic quality.

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