Salaam Bombay!

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Mira Nair
Production: Mainline Pictures Ltd
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Hey, Moti, get ready! We're off.

Krishna, the boss is coming.

Who the heII's going to work


Run to town.

Buy three big tins of Ganesh

paan masaIa.

Make damn sure it's Ganesh.

None of yourtricks.

Aticket to the nearest big city.

Pay up.

Which city?

Bombay. Come back

Ta movie star!

Where are you going?

My queens, where are you off to?

SaIaam, king of Bombay f***ers.

Move, move!

Move, move! Move fast. Move!

Move fast! Move fast!

-Give me my paan masaIa!

-What? It's aII meaningIess.

WiII you give it to me?

Om, peace, peace, Om

Hurry, Iet's go. A poIiceman

is coming.

My paan masaIa!



Yes, yes. More to the Ieft.

Don't you get it? Left!

-Baba, tea.

-Where's ChiIIum?

Don't know.

Find him. Send him here.


SaIim, you owe me money for

yesterday's tea.

Bumpkin, Iook down, the sack

shouIdn't faII.

Hey, SaIim!

-At Ieast Iet me have my tea.

-Pay me forthe tea.

Get off! You want money

for the tea!

Where is 109?

Take it easy. Let's go inside.

Take it. Here's your money.

From where have you come?

Don't speak Hindi?

Don't worry. You'II soon

Iearn it aII.

Isn't she IoveIy? So fair?

She's new.

Why are aII of you here? Isn't

there any work in the house?

Out, aII of you! Out!

Here, drink some.

Tea's gone. GIass gone, too.

There's a gIass missing.

It broke, Chacha.

I toId you, if anything gets

broken, you've got to pay.

Chacha, how much have I saved up?

Wasting your Iife on the streets.

You shouId be studying!

You've saved 5 rupees a day.

That makes 150.

Minus 10 for the teas your

paIs drink.

Minus 2 forthe gIass you broke.

So, 12 rupees cut.

How Iong wiII it take to save 500?

Saving up foryour wedding?

It'II take a Iong time. Now go!

Tea-boy, too much water in the tea.

What can I do? There's water


See, the man runs...

steaIs something and runs.

Look, Ma.

Look, he has come on time.

Put the tea here.

Sit in the chair.

Take your shirt off.

Manju, pass me the toweI.

Take that shirt off.

Why are you feeIing shy? I've seen

many in my time.

Ma, Iook. My song!

My name is Chin Chin Choo.

ln the moonlight and you Hello,

mister, and how do you do?

Hi, my Sridevi.

Princess of my dreams.

I knew it. You'd never Iet me down.

You know what ChungaI said?

There's a new girI in 109. Asexy,

very fair number.

Sexy. So what?

You'II see. Like Mandakini,

she'II change soon.

Come boys, push it in harder.

Come boys, push it in the car.

Move it, boys, push it in far.

Know what this Bumpkin said?

''Here, have some.''

I'm not pIaying.

I'II take you with me.

I'II show you howto keep the

girIs happy.

What's up?

Hey, Insect! Shut up!

Got money? I'm feeIing Iucky today.

Saving it up? You're rich. Can't

you give me a Ioan?

Me? Rich? I need to save 500.

Chacha cut 2 rupees.

The new girI broke a gIass.

New girI?

So, you've Iost your heart?

No, man.

How oId is she? 15?




Sweet Sixteen, sIick name!

Out with the money!

Give me the money! Let me see

how many you have.

You aIready owe me some.

Give it back.

Champ, forthis fiver, I'II show

you the Taj MahaI.

TeII anyone, and I'II sIit

your throat.

State Bank, ChiIIum Branch.

The bank's empty, but not for Iong.

You, Bumpkin, you be the manager.

Keep your money here.

Safer here than with that crook

Chacha. FuII-time safe!

Thank you, boss.

O whore of my dreams, when will

you come to me?

Rafique Bhai said you had work.

CIean the pIace. You'II get

3 rupees each.

Who is she?

-Sweet Sixteen.

-What a stupid name!

Shut up, runt!

Why are you hoIIering? We've

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Sooni Taraporevala

Sooni Taraporevala (born 1957) is an Indian screenwriter, photographer and filmmaker who is best known as the screenwriter of Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay (1988), all directed by Mira Nair.She directed her first feature film, based on a screenplay of her own, an ensemble piece set in Bombay, in Spring, 2007, entitled Little Zizou. This film explores issues facing the Parsi community to which she belongs. She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi & the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. more…

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