Salaam Bombay

As a comment to this post, write a short one or two paragraph essay in which you discuss one of the themes from the movie. What is the writer/director trying to say about life in India, where the population is so huge and so dense? How does it affect the lives of the citizens of this country? Make sure to give examples from the movie. Include an introduction and a conclusion.

24 Comments

  1. 17nmozeson says:

    Life in India is tough for the people who are poor, and those people can’t really collect money to survive with. While you try to collect your money, somebody steals it from you after all the hard work you did. Unless you are the slave of your boss, It will be hard for you to get a job and you could easily get fired. There is nobody who really understands your feeling, either help you. About all people drugs, get addicted, and at the end die like Chillum did. As you can see, people in India can’t live for a very long time, and when they do have a life they are treated as slaves, they take drugs, and barely have money for existent.

  2. Anna Sophie says:

    It is funny that the people who hurt you the most, are the ones who swore they never would. In a country with a population of 1.2 billion, it is a challenge to just get through one day without getting damaged. Salaam Bombay is a movie about a street boy called Krishna. Krishna is a long away from home, his mom had sent him to a circus to earn some money. His boss sends him of to buy some tea, but instead he buys a train ticket to Bombay. While staying in Bombay he gets a job, some friends and settles fast. Even though, life on the street is hard for an young boy he manages to get through. The hope of coming home to his family, is whats keeping him going. Children living on the streets, all they really want is someone to trust and someone who cares about them. Someone who helps them though thick and thin.

    In India the population is huge, there are so many challenges, because of all the people. There are families living on the street, there are children without parents who experience the life of a grown up. Krishna´s family is far away, and he has to go through a lot without them. Surrounded by prostitutes, drugs and drug users he have to make it through life and earn 500 rupees. He is working hard many hours, for a small amount of money. Every day Krishna experience something new and worse. From one day he sets fire to a room, and the other he watches his friend Chillum getting beaten with a belt. Chillum who was working, selling drugs, was a drug user himself. One day he gets fired, he can no longer afford to buy the drugs himself and gets sick (withdrawn). Krishna wanting to earn som more money gets another job, cutting of chicken heads. With that job he gets fired from his other one. The money he had earned was 300 rupees, he puts them in a safe place that Chillum had showed him. When he comes back from work, his money is gone and Chillum is dead, he had had an overdoze. The money he had saved, Chillum had used to buy drugs, and by now, he had almost lost all hope of ever getting back home.

    In this huge population where everybody is desperate after moeny and food, you almost can´t trust anyone. Families trust each other, they have a special bond, which nobody can break. Some families are separated, and then the bond breaks, and one individual have to learn to trust someone. As Krishna experienced, he trusted Chillum, but he broke it. As a small child he had no way out of the life he had and the things he had done. He escaped form a prison, sat fire to a room, tried drugs and even killed a person. This is what kids without a family have to go through in a normal day living on the street. His experiences was viewed from a boys eyes, but saw the actions of an adult.

  3. HanKyeol Kim says:

    India is an ancient land full of spiritual life, yoga, nature and simple culture that looks good from the outside, but is chaotic inside. Mira Nair’s ‘Salaam Bombay’ is a film on India’s chaos that is about physical abuse, proverty, prosititution, drugs, hunger, sadness and struggle in Bombay that is packed with dirt, people and disorganaized traffic. In the middle of all this is Krishna, a young boy who has nowhere to go but to sell tea to the locals and survive. Why is his condition like this? Have his parents thrown him out? Is he bad character? Has he stolen something? NO.

    This is the common life of destitutes in India. So, what is the reason behind this? The director of the movie answers the quetion by showing us Krishna’s life on screen. He is exposed to dangers like railway crossings, bad men, the drug abusers, bad living conditions, prostitutes, dealers and mad men who take advantage of his innocence all the time. Still, why is he on the road? This must be out of poverty in his family that makes him move about for money. The Indian population has exploded and not everyone can have food, shelter and clothes. Krishna is a victim .

    I feel that the young as well as the others are in the middle of a serious economic, social and spiritual madness. All looks okay but nothing is right. Baba pretends to be a partner to Manju’s mother, but he sells drugs and doesn’t care about them. The madam at the brothel has her business to do while Chillum is just another destitute. Every body is apart yet all are connected. This is the Indian picture. The Indians somehow stand toghter though they are all breaking up in their lives in slums, streets, slut houses and goverment rehabs. Nothing changes and never will. Salaam India.

    • Noam says:

      I like how you introduced the movie and remembered it so well. Next time I think you should work on your sentence structure, and your point of you because you used an “I” in your essay.

    • HongWon Ji says:

      I like the way you wrote structured sentences and less grammar errors than in the past, but next time, you should use more various vocabulary next time, the words are too common and repetitive.

  4. Seung Hyun says:

    In a hugely populated country like India, survival can be seen as the survival of the fittest. In salam bombay, krishna leaves his home in the hope to make a small amount of money, but instead he is exposed to the realities of what is needed to survive on the streets of Bombay. Having lived in a family environment, he has his mum who he can trust and believe in, but on the streets it is just luck if you meet a kind and helpful person, something krishna doesnt really encounter in Bombay. He is forced to see things that an adult should such as drug pushers, drugs and prostitution, but he knows that to survive he must accept this and just live. He befriends Chillum, he believes in him as he is in desperate need of a friend and wants to belong, but Chillum’s occupation and desire for drugs only mean sadness for Krishna in the end. krishna is in need to make 500 rupees to return to his family and he manages to make 300 rupees with his hard work in degrading environments such as tea delivery, chicken cage cleaning and acting like a butler. His desperation also leads him to steal from the weak and old. Chillum does try to be a role model for krishna, but Chillum had to feed his drug habit so he stole the 300 rupees which he told krishna to hide in the safe place. Krishna promised chillum he would help him, after he was fired from being a drug pusher, but chillum’s desire overtook him and he died from a drug overdose that he used the 300 rupees to purchase.
    Being selfish, smart and street wise is what is needed to live in these condition.

    • Maya strikovsky says:

      I think you did a really good job with the word choise and the structure. You introduced the movie very good and you supported your point. I think you need to work about the capitalization. Your conclusion is poor and I think you need to put more time on that part of the essay if you want to make it real good.

  5. Sohyun park says:

    Most countries with dense population struggle with human rights. In India there are more than 1.2 billion people which means 1.2 billion replacements for the company, so why would they listen to their worker’s complain, care about their health, or even look at their corpse and feel sad. Instead, they look for others who are ok with risking their life when they are supposed to make their work condition better and try not to lose any of the current workers. In the movie, Chillum, who sales drugs gets kicked out from Baba and krishna loses his title, tea boy. They both made a mistakes, in Chillum’s case, he didn’t get money from the customer and in Krishna’s case, he was missing during his work time. If they were living in a country with less population, both of their mistakes can be forgettable.

  6. Sunjung says:

    The movie ‘Salaam Bombay’ gives us a view about the poverty in India. The population in India is so huge that the population of the city of Bombay equals to may be a European country. Through this movie, we come to know about the difficulties that one may face in earning an amount of Rs. 500.
    The story goes on to show us the life of a boy named ‘Krishna’, who leaves home to earn Rs. 500, to repent for the wrong that he did against his brother. In order to find a better future goes to Bombay. He eventually lands up in a red light district of Bombay and befriends a boy named ‘Chillum’ who is a drug addict. Chillum helps Krishna get a job in a tea stall. Krishna works really hard to save money, but all his savings eventually end in vain when Chillum steals it from him, overdoses and dies.
    Life in India is very difficult for people who live in poverty. Such as in the case of ‘Sola Saal’ who did not like her job as a prostitute, but in order to live and earn she had to do it. Krishna tries to help her escape from this cruelty, but ends up losing his job. In the process of earning money, he even gets caught by the police. Even after all this, Krishna eventually goes back to the world of drugs and prostitution finding ways to earn money so that he can return home.
    We see that life in India for the poor are very difficult, for where drugs are easily available, it makes it difficult for one to escape from addiction. Where the law can be paid off by money, such as in the case of prostitution once a person falls into is trapped and cannot escape. As the population in India is so huge, that in hope for better future go to cities but people run out of options for a job and thus end up in a life of surviving day to day.

    • Seung Hyun says:

      This writing looks really well, and I’m seeing lots of examples in the story(supports) which helps me to understand this piece of writing.
      For the first paragraph, it’s giving information to readers about Salam Bombay, and Krishna, the main character, so basically, it looks like you summarized the movie, which looks good. On the second paragraph, I really liked your raping up ideas, it really teaches me what the main idea of the movie was, and at the same time, I learned how hard the life in India was for kids who lost their parents and living on the street. I feel like even though I didn’t watch this movie, “Salam Bombay”, I feel like I could have got the story and idea for this movie.
      To read back and give suggestions to this reflection, everything went good and I don’t quite have a point out wrong things. GJ

    • Sohyun park says:

      Good job on the details. Over all, this essay was fluent and very detailed. However, there were few grammar errors and repetition (you used “eventually”twice and they close to each other)which is ok. Also it would be better if you made your thesis stronger and clearer for readers to understand better. Shortening the example would also be better because there are many example but little explanation.

  7. maya says:

    India is a strange country, the conditions in the country makes you to do things that you never thought you will. in the movie “Salaam Bombay”, we are following after Krishna, a boy who got expelled from his house, after he stole 500 rupees. he comes to Bombay with a dream of finding 500 rupees so he can come back home. When he comes he starts doing thing that he never thought he would ever do like as kill someone, connect sell drugs and run away from prison. All the way he is with his friends, supporting them and trying to come home as quick as he can.

    • Hyeonwoo Son says:

      I think that you did a great job in describing each problem which Krishna encountered. Also, you explained well how Krishna had to do to just earn 500 rupees on street.

  8. 17nmozeson says:

    Salaam Bombay is a movie which is supposed to open our interest of learning more about the “real India”. Krishna, who is a kid about 10 years old, got kicked out of his house in his early years. His mom left him in the circus, and he worked there for a long time in hope that maybe one day he will have 500 rupees to get a train back home. This film shows how life in India is tough for the people who are poor, and those people can‚Äôt really collect money to survive with. While they try to collect money, somebody steals it after all the hard work they did. Unless they are the slave of their bosses, It will be hard for them to get a job and they could easily get fired and be replaced. There is nobody who really understands their feelings, either help them. About all people take drugs, get addicted, and at the end die like Chillum did. As you can see, people in India can‚Äôt live for a very long time, and when they do have a life they are treated as slaves, they take drugs, and barely have money for existent.

  9. Hyo Jeong Kim says:

    To live in India as a person who represents one out of 1.2 billion has a difficult life on the street. Many people, adults and children live together in a small area without a normal house. Adults don’t have a fixed job which can get salary regularly every month and children also force to work instead of studying in school. They work for long hours under a boss as a slave, but they earn very little. Even though, they are paid very little bit, they can’t complain because they don’t want to lose jobs.

    The movie, Salaam Bombay is about difficulty for street people. The main character, a young boy, Krishna who was sent by his mom and forced to earn 500 rupees before he goes back works at the tea shop and sells tea. He sleeps on the street with other kids without parents and everyday goes around to sell a cup of teas. One day, he fell in love with a girl, the girl was taken by a strong man to be a prostitute. Like the man, some indians take foreigner girls and haul them to brothels and then receive money from the boss who own the brothels. Like those cases, street people do anything it takes to get money. I saw a scene, people drinks a lot and smoke to forget their conditions and situations. They desire to get out from the real world that they have.

    Like this, there are some challenges in huge population country. Some citizens live well in a big house with a harmonious family, but some are not. Street people can’t believe anyone, even friends and sometimes they be a enemy to each other when they have money and doubt others. People who can afford themselves and who have enough money probably should help others to trust a person.

    • Noam says:

      I feel like you have a really strong intro and conclusion, and you understood the movie really well. I feel like you should add and cancel out somethings in your sentences, and maybe if you read it again you would fix them. You also used an “I” in your essay so think about the point of view.

  10. Natty Good says:

    “Slum Bombay” is a movie about a young boy named Krishna who had been surviving alone in a slum of Mumbai city. He came to Mumbai without any plan. His mother left him with a circus group that came to perform near his village. The circus owner used him all kinds of small works but they didn’t give him money and left him alone one day after they finished their show. He had only little money in his pocket that he used for train ticket to go to Mumbai. He found a job at a teashop as a delivery boy; he has to delivery tea in many places around the community that helped him know more people. At night, Krishna slept on street along with other young boys and one other guy that smoked and used a lot of drugs. That guy tried to steal his money for so many times by asking Krishna to keep all of his money in the place that only two of them knew about. He taught Krishna how to smoke and use drugs. One day, Krishna fell in love with one girl that was sold to a brothel and he tried to help her run away, but the girl fell in love with another guy named Babu. Babu was a biggest drug seller in that community. His wife also worked as a prostitute and they had one daugher togather. Every time when Krishna delivered tea to that house he always play with their daughter. Bombay had taken Krishna to different ways of life that was so unpredictable. Krishna never had a chance to go back home again.

    This movie showed us about lives in a slum community in India that poor people used lots of drugs to escape from a real world. Even street kids in the movie also smoked, drank alcohol and used drugs. Some of the kids may become a drug seller by themselves and ended up dying from over dose.

  11. so hyun says:

    Having a dense population can be helpful and harmful for both the country and the citizens. In Salaam Bombay,it shows the negative side of dense population and how it effects human rights. Krishna, 10 years old Indian boy runs away from the circus with hopes to start a new life. However, people around him spoils him and motivates him to go the wrong directions. At last, he kills Baba who spoiled sweet sixteen, who Krishna has a crush on, when after all, he is just a kid.

    Most countries with dense population struggle with human rights. In India there are more than 1.2 billion people which means 1.2 billion replacements for the company, so why would they listen to their worker’s complain, care about their health, or even look at their corpse and feel sad. Instead, they look for others who are ok with risking their life when they are supposed to make their work condition better and try not to lose any of the current workers. In the movie, Chillum, who sales drugs gets kicked out from Baba and krishna loses his title, tea boy. They both made a mistakes, in Chillum’s case, he didn’t get money from the customer and in Krishna’s case, he was missing during his work time. If they were living in a country with less population, both of their mistakes can be forgettable.
    Reply

    • I like your first sentence, the way you started. It makes reader to be interested in your essay. Your first paragraph contains detail ideas and the story about the movie, so it is also a good point for your essay. You also did well to choose vocabulary. I think you chose a right and interesting word which can support your paragraphs.

      But, i think you should contain the clear theme in the movie that you think what was the writer trying to say about. If you include more themes and evidences it will be good.

  12. Hyeonwoo says:

    In a tremendous populated country with a 1/7 population among the world, lots of people trying to fit in small area, however each people have their own goals to reach. The movie ‘Salaam Bombay” gave us a view of a young boy who faces poverty and having a challenge to survive by himself.

    The boy “Krishna” was abandoned by his boss at Apollo Circus where his mom sent him to earn money. Being alone and have nowhere to lean, he decided to travel to nearest city Bombay. While staying Bombay he managed himself to get through and had a friend called Chillum who was extremely addicted to the drugs and also a drug pushers worked for Baba(his boss), he helped Krishna to get a job of delivering tea along the street. Krishna was surrounded by prosititues, drugs and poverty, he knew he have to go through the life and earn 500 rupees. Krishna worked so hard and stacked small amounts of money every day. Finally, he could see a hope of going back to his family. He saved all his money in a safe place which Chillum have showed him. Delivering teas to prosititues house, he had crush on a young prosititues and sets a fire on her bed and tried to escape. However, soon both of them was caught and therefore Krishna lost his job. At the same time, he saw Chillum getting fired. He could no longer afford to buy drugs and became worse and worse. Krishna did odd work such as cutting chicken’s head, just enough to fed himself. To have more money, they robbed an old man’s house. One night while returning to home, he was caught by police officers and sent to prison camp. Life in prison didn’t went long, Krishna escaped and went back to his dark world, drug pushers , pimp, and prosititues, still nurturing his dream of one day returning to his family. However, Chillum broke his last hope. He was being crazy without drugs and pour all Krishna’s 300 rupees to fed him with drugs. Therefore, he died by overdose. By the end, he had almost lost all hope of going back to home.

    Basically, these all situation was happened to just earn 500 rupees. To make 500 rupees, Krishna explored several situation that can’t be happen to a small boy like Krishna. He explored the real life on street and surrounded by people who you can’t trust. I think that the purpose of director is to show us the daily life and it is a essential to be selfish and cunning to survive on the street, not only view of Krishna but, also the people around him.

    • Anna Sophie says:

      I liked your thesis very much, I also saw that through the essay you were writing and supporting what you where arguing. Like you tell us what he have to go through a day with prostitutes and drugs, and cutting of chicken heads´. I also like you give us information about the circus, and its name and that you said that it was a movie, because you can´t expect that the people who is reading this is supposed to know that its a movie. Though, you had some errors, and used some wrong word and forgot some(like when you said: while staing Bombay, you forgot to way: in Bombay. It looked like you kind of got stuck sometimes, you where talking alot about the same things, for example in your conclution you had some repetition about 500 rupees.

  13. 17skuk says:

    India can be incredible and amazing because of the populace, but have you ever wondered about the side effect of a dense, crowded, uncontrollable population? It‚Äôs not easy to live in a crowded country with so many frauds and drug dealers. Bigger the country, harder it is to get a job. If you are unprivileged and uneducated, no one will hire you to do anything, only jobs you can get are hard tasks that don‚Äôt get paid much. Only way to make money fast is to do dangerous things, for example, stealing, drug dealing, and other unthinkable jobs. Believe it or not, a lot of people choose the dangerous ways to make money fast, often used for drugs and alcohol. In huge and populated country like India, it is most likely to do drugs or alcohol because you don‚Äôt have any fun in life or friends. In the movie ‚Äúsalaam Bombay‚Äù, the main character was kicked out of his home because he took his brothers money. This means that it is very hard to earn money and mothers willingly threw away their son to make them earn money. This wouldn’t have happened if India was not a crowded country.

  14. Hyunji Park says:

    In India there are so many problems. Like, pollution and too many poor persons. In Salaam Bombay, there were also many different kinds of problems. The main character Krishna also had hard life. He wanted to go back his hometown, but he couldn’t go. The reason was his mother said you can comeback home when you finish to collect 500 rupees. The curiosity thing was 500 rupees is not very expensive to us but in his case, it is expensive. Also when the reporter came in Baba’s house, Baba hit Chillum with a belt because he thought he is in more less level than him. So he teased him too much. It is unfair. In reality, there are many people have similar with this situation. So many people tried to get much money but it is very hard because the price of labor is so cheep in India. So they get stress and remove their stress by drugs. It is easy to find drugs in here. Also some people don’t have shoes. They walked with naked feet. Too many of people in India, they are poor so they have harsh life.

  15. HongWon Ji says:

    In a hugely populated country like India, there are extremely less chance to success and get a lot of money. In salam bombay, krishna had left his home in the hope to make a small amount of money, but instead he is exposed to the realities of what was needed to survive on the streets of Bombay. Living in a family environment, he had his mom who he can trust and believe in, but on the streets it is just luck if you meet a kind and helpful person, something krishna didn’t really encounter in Bombay. He was forced to see things that an adult should such as drug pushers, drugs and prostitutes, but he knows that to survive he must accept this and just live like normal. His friend Chillum, he trusted in him as he was in desperate need of a friend and wants to belong, but Chillum‚Äôs occupation and desire for drugs only mean sadness for Krishna in the end. krishna is in need to make 500 rupees to return to his family and he manages to make 300 rupees with his hard work in degrading environments such as tea delivery, chicken cage cleaning and acting like a butler. His desperation also leads him to steal from the weak and old. Chillum does try to be a role model for krishna, but Chillum had to feed his drug habit so he stole the 300 rupees which he told krishna to hide in the safe place. Krishna promised chillum he would help him, after he was fired from being a drug pusher, but chillum‚Äôs desire overtook him and he died from a drug overdose that he used the 300 rupees to purchase.
    Being selfish, smart and street wise is what is needed to live in these condition.

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