Salaam Bombay (1988)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 54 mins

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The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he had trashed. Krishna is left behind by the circus and he takes a train to Bombay. Krishna is called Chaipau by the street children of Bombay and he works delivering and selling tea for Chacha, who owns a street bar. Krishna befriends the heroin addicted Chillum that sells drugs for the drug dealer and caftan Baba Golub, and the girl Manju Golub, who is the daughter of Baba with the prostitute Rekha Golub. Krishna dreams on saving 500 rupees to return home, but the life on the streets of Bombay is not easy.
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Cast: Chanda Sharma, Hansa Vithal, Shafiq Syed

Crew: Mira Nair (Director), Sandi Sissel (Director of Photography), L Subramaniam (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 07 Oct 1988 (United States)

Hindi Name: सलाम बॉम्बे

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Did you know? The film was India's second film submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Read More
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as Sola Saal
as Manju Golub
as Krishna / Chaipau
Special Appearance
Supporting Actor
as Circus Boss
as Rekha Golub
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Chacha
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Handcuffed man in van
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Baba Golub
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Chillum
Supporting Actor
as Mad Man
Supporting Actor
as Customer at Rekha's House
Supporting Actor
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Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as Bordal owner
as Hashimbhai


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director



Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Assistant Cameraman


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Boom Operator


Production Designer


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Assistant Editor


Special Thanks
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
Filming Locations:
Krishna starts off with eight glasses of tea. One glass is broken by Sweet Sixteen when he offers her a drink. He is then seen walking back to the tea stand with eight full glasses, but when he gets back he has seven empty glasses.
In 1989, director Mira Nair established an organization called the Salaam Baalak Trust, to rehabilitate the children who appeared in the film. Most of them were eventually helped. The Trust is still in existence, and now lends support to street children in Mumbai/Bombay, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. Shafiq Syed, who played the role of Krishna in the movie now earns his living as an autorickshaw driver in Bangalore.

The film was India's second film submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Most of the young actors who appeared in the film were actual street children. They received dramatic training at a special workshop in Bombay before they appeared in the film.

Raghuvir Yadav actually is tickling Shafiq Syed, who didn't expect it, and his laughter is genuine.

'Salaam Bombay' was among the list of "The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made" by the New York Times.

Nana Patekar accidentally got stabbed by the child actor who didn't understand the director's instructions properly.

The movie was originally titled "Chal Bombay Chal".