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Bombay (1995)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 March 1995 (India)
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (story/screenplay), Umesh Sharma (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arvind Swamy ... Shekhar Narayanan Pillai
Manisha Koirala ... Shaila Bano
Nassar ... Shekhar's father (as Nazar)
Kitty Kitty ... Basheer (Shaila Banu's father)
Master Harsha Master Harsha ... Kabir Narayan
Master Hriday Master Hriday ... Kamal Basheer
Tinnu Anand ... Shakti Samaj Leader
Akash Khurana ... Muslim leader
Nagendra Prasad Nagendra Prasad ... (as S. Nagendra Prasad)
Prakash Raj
Sonali Bendre ... Dancer (Special Appearance)
M.V. Vasudeva Rao M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... (as Vasudeva Rao)
Ratnakar Ratnakar
Rallapalli Rallapalli ... (as Raallapalli)
Deesh Mariwala Deesh Mariwala
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Storyline

Based on true incidents, a south Indian Hindu man falls in love with a Muslim woman--taboo in the small village from which they hail. They marry against family wishes and move to Mumbai, where he works as a reporter for a large daily newspaper. Eventually, the couple has twin boys. The rest of the film is set during the December 1992-January 1993 period when the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid controversy raised religious tension in Mumbai and other parts of India, which sparked rioting and violence. The couple is separated from their children, and the fathers of both parents are killed when their home is burned by rioters. A reporter is shown interviewing politicians from both factions as well as the police. An underlying moral of thinking of oneself as an Indian rather than a Hindu or a Muslim is prevalent throughout the latter part of the film. The family is finally reunited after much searching through hospitals, morgues, and shelters. But the violence has left indelible impressions ... Written by Munesh Makhija <mmakhija@trc.tellabs.com>

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hindu | children | muslim | love | twin | See All (41) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

10 March 1995 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombaim See more »

Filming Locations:

Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sonali Bendre made Special appearance in the song "Humma Humma" in this movie See more »

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The latter part of the film takes place during 1992, but in a scene set a few years earlier, Shekhar is wearing a Colorado Rockies shirt. The Rockies were established in 1993. See more »

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Soundtracks

Poovukkenna Poottu (Hindi:
Kuch Bhi Na Socho")
Sung by Noell, Anupama Krishnaswami, Shuba and G.V. Prakash Kumar {Tamil}
Sung by Noell, Anupama Krishnaswami, Shuba, Pallavi and Srinivas {Hindi}
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Tamil lyrics by Vaali
Hindi lyrics by Mehboob
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frightening but excellent
5 June 2014 | by jahangirhussain74See all my reviews

Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam has attempted a film on inter-religion marriage and the aftermath of communal riots and came out with flying colors. Ratnam has struck all the right chords here as nothing in this film looks out of place and almost all characters have given their very best.

Arvind Swamy shows that he has what it takes to be the numero uno in the industry after his superb performance in Roja while Manisha Koirala is indeed very good here as a Muslim girl torn between her family and her Hindu lover and then a distraught mother of lost twins. None of the actresses portray vulnerability on screen like she does. Nassar is good as the hero's father while Kitty pitches in another believable performance as the heroine's Muslim father.

Music is excellent and I understand why after Bombay, Ratnam chooses A.R. Rahman as the music composer for most of his films. Cinematography is breath-taking and the scenarios of the rural India and the suburban Mumbai have been captured genuinely and beautifully.

Bombay easily goes down in cinematic history as a classic and it does show some disturbing pictures of the aftermath of the Hindu-Muslim riot like charred, deformed bodies of little children after being burnt down which is truly heart wrenching and might melt even the stone-hearted.

Just brilliant! Give it a shot.


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