Reviewed by sjilani
on 24/02/2016 20:04

Indian-American director Mira Nair has since added blockbusters like The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) to her portfolio, but her breakthrough film Salaam Bombay! was an unforgettable look at the street life of the urban poor. Shot on location in a red-light district in South Mumbai with no actors or script, it’s a cinematic journey through the eyes of a group of vivacious slum children. Starring a self-seeking hustler Baba (Nana Patekar), his disillusioned sex worker wife Rekha (Anita Kanwar), and young Bollywood fans Koyla, Keera and Chungal, the honesty in Nair’s approach was testament to Indian cinema’s versatility – from dance to documentary and back again.