Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Feature Film | Drama | India/France/UK/USA | Hindi | 1h53m
Dir: Mira Nair | Scr: Sooni Taraporevala | Story: Mira Nair & Sooni Taraporevala | Ph: Sandi Sissel | Prod: Mira Nair | Mus: L. Subramaniam | Ed: Barry Alexander Brown | PD: Mitch Epstein | AD: Nitin Desai & Nitish Roy | Snd: Margaret Crimmins | Cast: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghubir Yadav, Aneeta Kanwar, Nana Patekar

In Nair’s heart-breaking feature debut, a young boy living on the streets of Bombay has encounters with a heroin-addled drug dealer, a sixteen-year-old virgin sold into prostitution, and an unbalanced pimp and his prostitute wife and mistreated daughter, whilst he works away, hoping to save up enough money to pay off a family debt and return to his home village. A number of affecting performances, a bold use of music, and some rather idiosyncratic pacing and editing combine to powerful effect.