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.
– India Cabaret (1985, 60 mins): documentary by Mira Nair exploring the stereotyping of women in Indian society
– Audio commentary by Mira Nair (2003)
– Sandi and Bernard Sissel in Conversation (2021): newly recorded discussion with the cinematographer and her son, one of the stars of Salaam Bombay!
– Other extras TBC
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Booklet featuring new writing on the film and the director