Salaam Bombay is a 1988 Indian Hindi-language film. It was written and directed by Mira Nair, and screenwritten by her longtime creative collaborator, Sooni Taraporevala. It stars Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav, Anita Kanwar, Nana Patekar and Irrfan Khan.
The film was among the list of “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by The New York Times and the film was India’s second film submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The story based on about the prostitution business, drug addiction and homeless children. All these elements combine so as we can see the people and lives behind them.
The film chronicles a 12-year-old street boy, Chipau, played by an actual street child, Shahiq Syed, who through some appalling circumstances comes to Bombay and finds himself among the street children, squalid streets of the city. Chaipau, does almost every deed, from smoking, stealing, running, landing in jail, to (attempted or maybe not) murder. He was nothing but was very simple boy, trying to collect enough money to reach his native place, but then he was every time forced to grapple with the viciousness of the so-called dream city.
Salaam Bombay won several Awards including two National Award for Features Film in Hindi, and Best Child Artist and Two Cannes festival Awards for Audience awards and Golden Camera Awards and also become most popular film in Montréal World Film Festival.
Salaam Bombay was earned $2,080,046 in the United States and Canada it was highest –grossing Hindi Language film in that market at the time. In France, the film was sold 633,899 tickets and In Germany, the film was sold 258,728 tickets. In total, the film grossed $7,434,176 in overseas markets.
It clearly speaks about what the dream city Bombay is for certain sections of the society. Any difficulties that we may face in life will seem minuscule in comparison to the challenges faced by Bombay’s street children.