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Salaam Bombay

A superb portrayal of the homeless in the streets of Bombay through the eyes of a young kid. Filled with humanity and compassion.

I particularly liked the way Nair paralleled childhood innocence with adult cynicism and cruelty. The story is about homeless children, prostitution business, and drug addiction. All these elements combine so as we see the people and lives behind them. These issues are rarely dealt with on such a personal and emotional level as we see in this film and the story is captured in naturalistic cinematography whose use of heavy tones and color combined with intriguing camera angels lend to the film's 'Cinema-Verite quality.