Salaam Bombay Essay Research Paper Give a

Salaam Bombay Essay, Research Paper

Give a brief description of the main characters: The main characters in this

movie are Krishna, his friend Chillum, a prostitute with her small daughter, a

pimp, street-kids and a 16-yr old girl. Krishna: Krishna is a twelve year old

boy, who is in search for a job so that he can earn enough money to pay his

mother in order to return to his family. He is left behind by a travelling

circus where he works. Left with no other option Krishna decides to head to a

big city in search for a job. He heads to Bombay, a big metropolitan city in

India. He finds a job at a tea-shop as a tea-delivery boy. Apparently this

tea-shop is located near a prostitution area of the city, which Krishna has to

frequent to deliver the tea. There he comes across various people, such as a

prostitute who has a small daughter, a 16-yr old girl who has been forcefully

dragged into this profession, and these people then slowly become a part of his

life in the city. Krishna?s experiences in the city, his ability to withstand

the tough life in the city, his generosity towards his friend, the conflicts

that take place, all create interesting ?bends? in this movie. The plight of

abandoned street children in Bombay is examined through the life of Krishna

works hard to overcome his conditions only to find there is no way out! Chillum:

Chillum like Krishna had ran away from his home in the village at a very young

age and came to Bombay. Chillum is a drug addict and works for a pimp in the

prostitution area. Chillum and Krishna slowly develop a close-knit friendship as

both can identify with each other?s lives. When Chillum loses his job, and

can?t any more, becomes dependent on Krishna for expenses on drugs. He dies

soon of drug abuse. In a way, through Chillum this movie portrays how drugs have

affected life of the poor street-kids of Bombay, how they are mistreated and

abused by people who take advantage of them because of their vulnerability. The

prostitute with her daughter: This is yet another result of human desire that

plagues human society- prostitution. As sad as it is, prostitution in cities

like Bombay is a big business. Most girls who become prostitutes, don?t do so

by choice, they are forced into it. Most of these girls are from small towns and

villages, who are brought to cities with big promises and then dumped into such

areas. The story of the prostitute in the movie is no different. The word

prostitute doesn?t seem apt for this lady, who shows such compassion and love.

It is a very sad situation that she is in, like many other prostitutes in cities

like Bombay. Through her daughter the movie portrays the life of many such kids,

who are abused and neglected by a parent, in her case, Baba. Her mother however

is very loving and cares for her, she doesn?t want her daughter to end up in

the same profession as her. She is the world to her mother. Baba (the pimp): The

pimp who calls himself Baba (respected master) is a dark character in this

movie. He is the father of the prostitute?s daughter. He apparently is also a

drug dealer who employs people like Chillum to distribute drugs around the city.

He lives off the money that the prostitute earns. He had promised her that he

will someday free her from this profession, but that was just a promise that he

never lives up to. Street-Kids: The street-kids portrayed in the movie, although

are seemingly very mean and nasty, they are a victim of the vicious circle of

poverty that exists in big cities like Bombay. many such kids run away from

their homes in small towns and villages in search of a better life or jobs and

the attraction of cities like Bombay, which is a center of the Indian

film-industry leads them there. This vicious circle makes them do crimes like

robbery, gambling and drug abuse. Source of Conflict: "Salaam Bombay!"

is the story of Krishna, a 12-year old boy who is left behind by the traveling

circus in which he works. He finds his way to Bombay and becomes a child of the

streets, working odd jobs to scrounge up the 500 rupees his mother is demanding

in order to return to his family. In the meantime, Krishna develops a new family

of pimps, prostitutes, junkies, and street kids. Although these friends educate

him on life in the big city, he never loses the desire to return to his family

and small town. He also maintains his generous nature, giving gifts and lending

money even though it constantly delays his journey home. Resolution of conflict:

This movie highlights the amazing resilience of children in the worst of

situations. Krishna perseveres a grim scenario, and still finds the energy to

create a glimmer of hope in the most despairing around him. But as that hope is

extinguished in each of his closest friends, Krishna finds himself, finally, at

his breaking point. What you learned about the values of this culture: Not only

is "Salaam Bombay!" a fascinating story, but it is a remarkable window

on the subtleties of Indian life. When Krishna walks around delivering glasses

of chai (tea) to local residents and workers, one gains a better understanding

of the ways Indians relate to one another. The movie also has scenes scenes of

Indian bureaucracy and chaotic religious festivals to give the viewer a feeling

of the loneliness and anonymity that are part of everyday life in the streets of

this vast and overpopulated country. It simply highlights the pluralism aspect

of India. Why (and for whom) this film was made: This film was made as a window

to the kind of life that many street-kids lead in big cities such as Bombay,

where they are faced with poverty and unemployment, which sometimes leads them

to commit crimes. Krishna represents the many children who run away from their

homes in villages in search of a job and a better life- which ironically enough

don?t exist for them in Bombay! It also brings forth another aspect of our

society, the profession of prostitution, which is the oldest in the world and

now the ?saddest?. It shows the sad realities about the profession, how

sometimes innocent people are dragged into it, how it changes their lives and

the lives of the people around them.



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