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Salaam Bombay! is a 1988 Indian Hindi-language drama film written and directed by Mira Nair, and screen written by her longtime creative collaborator, Sooni Taraporevala. The film chronicles the day-to-day life of children living in the slums of Bombay, India’s biggest city. It stars Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav, Anita Kanwar, Nana Patekar and Irrfan Khan.
The film was India’s second film submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was among the list of “The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made” by The New York Times.
Most of the young actors who appeared in Salaam Bombay! were actual street children. They received dramatic training at a special workshop in Bombay before they appeared in the film. In 1989, director Mira Nair established an organization called the Salaam Baalak Trust,to rehabilitate the children who appeared in the film. Most of them were eventually helped. The Trust is still in existence, and now lends support to street children in Bombay, Delhi and Bhubaneshwar. Shafiq Syed, who played the role of Krishna in the movie now earns his living as an auto rickshaw driver in Bangalore.
Salaam Bombay! earned $2,080,046 in the United States and Canada the highest-grossing Hindi language film in that market at the time.
In France, the film sold 633,899 tickets. At the average 1991 ticket price of 34 F ($6), this was equivalent to 21,552,566 F ($3,803,394).
In Germany, the film sold 258,728 tickets. At the average 1990 ticket price of 9.5 DM,this was 2,457,916 DM. At the average 1988 exchange rate of 1.585 Deutsche Marks per US dollar,this was equivalent to $1,550,736.
In total, the film grossed $7,434,176 in overseas markets. At the average 1988 exchange rate of 13.9171 Indian rupees per US dollar,this was ₹103,462,171 (equivalent to ₹950 million or US$13 million in 2019).
Source: Old Hindi Films HD