Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday Film Screening, 19th August '11

Film: **Salaam Bombay(1988)**
Director: Mira Nair
Language: Hindi

Mira Nair´s movie debut (after a few short films) is about a side of Bombay that Hindi cinema has rarely ever explored. Before "Salaam Bombay!” the seedy and dark underbelly of the city had mostly been portrayed in the regular masala manner leaving audiences detached to what was happening onscreen. The image of Bombay (or Mumbai as it now likes to be known) is realistically portrayed and Nair went to extreme lengths to ensure that the real throb of the city came across, that it did not seem like a caricature. Real-life poor children living on the streets were cast in important roles thus giving them a big break. They were very excited but, of course, they were not natural actors. They acted the way they had learnt only off Bollywood potboilers with exaggerated mannerisms and over-the-top gestures. It was Nair who encouraged the small actors to allow their natural side to emerge and to embrace realistic gestures rather than overblown ones.

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