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Salaam Bombay! 15 rating

Mira Nair’s powerful, Oscar-nominated portrayal of child poverty on the streets of Mumbai.

Drama 1989 114 mins

Director: Mira Nair


Unjustly accused of stealing and cast out of his home village by his family, 11-year-old Krishna (Shafiq Syed) joins the swathes of dispossessed street children in the slums of Mumbai. Sleeping in the rubble of the city, he struggles to survive in his merciless new environment. Forced to associate with the criminal underworld, Krishna’s childhood innocence quickly wanes as the reality of his uncertain future becomes painfully apparent.

Salaam Bombay! is the heartrending and impassioned debut fiction feature by director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Shot on the streets of India’s second-biggest city and starring real-life street children, the film is an authentic and unflinching portrayal of the country’s impoverished underbelly. Critically lauded and Oscar-nominated, Salaam Bombay! is available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.