Salaam Bombay! Reviews
My logline: Circumstances forsake an abandoned child to the city of Bombay, where he finds and loses love, his innocence and himself.
My tagline: Hell is a place on earth.
'Salaam Bombay!' was only the second Indian film to be nominated for an Oscar.
When on the way to a jail cum institution in the police van, an older riding companion reaches over and touches Krishna's hair(the main child character) and says, "It'll be all right. One day... in our India, things will be all right." Twenty-five years since this movie was made, one hopes and senses that things in India are moving in the direction of proving the old man's prophecy correct.
At the end of the film we see a desperate, hopeless and desolated Chaipau(Krishna) crying his heart out at his lost of innocence and at all the misery he has endured after being abandoned by his parents. One can only hope that Chaipau triumphs in the end(of his life). This is not a quirky-forgetful film, but a film that plays in the mind beyond the running time. A movie that haunts long after and captivates the mind.
An absolute must-see.
But it doesn't seem that many people have seen it. I sure hope more people do.. These children don't have much of a voice to speak out in our country, but movies like this give them one and it should be heard by everyone.
I had also forgotten how rich yet stark Mira Nair's language is... in the tradition of films like 400 Blows, it takes its time in the midst of the hectic pace of the city.