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Discover Indian Cinema: SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988)


STARRING: Shafiq Syed, Sarfuddin Quarrassi, Raghuvir Yadav



Co-presented by the India Cultural Center of Greenwich

30th Anniversary Screening!

Pre-film Reception at 6:30pm

Post-film Q&A with Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of
the Indo-American Arts Council


Joining the ranks of such previous "street children" classics as SHOESHINE (1946) and PIXOTE (1981) is the Anglo-Indian SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988). Shafiq Syed plays Krishna, a country boy forced to grow up in the slums of New Delhi. Soon, Krishna knows no other life than hustling and stealing, and no other "neighbors" than the druggies, pimps and prostitutes who populate the teeming streets. The grimness of the subject matter is leavened at times with a steady stream of fascinating and colorful supporting characters. SALAAM BOMBAY! was the first fictional feature from acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair; though the story is scripted, the actors are genuine street people. The film won the Golden Camera and Prix de Publique awards at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy® Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Aroon Shivdasani is the foremost advocate for Indian arts in the United States. As the Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council, she is passionate about its mission to build an awareness of Indian artists and artistic disciplines, as well as nurturing and promoting emerging artists from the Indian subcontinent. Among countless Indian arts initiatives, she conceived and produced the first Festival of Indian Theatre in North America; a film festival of new films from India at MOMA; and the annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), now in its 18th year. A tireless contributor to the arts, Aroon sits on numerous boards including the Queens Museum of Art, and is a special advisor to the Kandy International Film Festival in Sri Lanka. In 2015 she was named one of the top 20 Global Indian Women by The Economic Times. Aroon is connected to the center of Indian filmmaking as she personally knows numerous directors and actors, and counts Mira Nair among her close friends.


LANGUAGE: Hindi and English


RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes



Wednesday, March 21, 2018 -7:30PM




Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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