Monday, January 23, 2012

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Salaam Bombay!

"Salaam Bombay!" is a true classic of Indian cinema. You can somewhat compare it to Oscar winner “Slumdog Millionaire”, but this is a different beast altogether. Unlike "Slumdog Millionaire" with it’s eye-catching cinematography, hip soundtrack and ridiculously cute kids, this film is stripped bare. Director Mira Nair focuses on telling the story, using plain-looking actors (there’s no Freida Pinto in this cast!) and simple 80’s instrumental background music. The film maintains a somber tone (no song-and-dance routines!), which makes it initially difficult for the viewer to get into the film. As the story unfold however, the film really starts to reveal its brilliance.

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