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Salaam Bombay! (Blu-ray) BFI


Banished from his home and abandoned by the travelling circus he sought refuge in, 11-year-old Krishna (Shafiq Syed) joins the swathes of dispossessed Mumbai street children struggling to survive. To earn the money he needs to get back into his mother’s good graces and return home, Krishna finds work as a tea boy – a job that brings him into contact with an array of local characters, including prostitutes, pimps and drug-dealers.

Salaam Bombay! is the heartrending and impassioned debut fiction feature by director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and her frequent collaborator Sooni Taraporevala. With a cast of real-life street children, this celebration of the spirit of survival is an authentic and unflinching portrayal of India’s impoverished underbelly.

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Special Features

Indian Cabaret (1985, 60 mins): Mira Nair's documentary about female strippers from a Bombay nightclub which provided the kernel of Salaam Bombay!
Audio commentary by Mira Nair (2003)
Sandi and Bernard Sissel in Conversation (2021, 51 mins): newly recorded discussion with the cinematographer and her son, one of the street kids from Salaam Bombay!
Archive shorts (1906-1936), 31 mins): three gems from the BFI National Archive reflecting themes and iconography found in Salaam Bombay!, featuring city life in La vie aux Indes / Indian Scenes, an early Dickens adaptation of Oliver Twist and a look at tea production in India and Sri Lanka in Gardens of the Orient
Original theatrical trailer
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Booklet featuring a new contribution from director Mira Nair, new writing on the film by Manish Mathur and a biography of the director by Ellen Cheshire