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Fri 02.25.2011

Jugaad Urbanism Film Series: Salaam Bombay!

When: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Where: At The Center   

By Mira Nair 1 hour, 50 minutes, Hindi (1988)

Cast: Shafiq Sayed, Irfaan Khan, Nana Patekar, Anita Khanvar, Raghuvir Yadav

Q&A with Director Mira Nair to follow.

Shot on-location on the streets of Bombay, Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! is the gritty tale of Krishna (Shafiq Syed, a runaway discovered by Nair), a boy kicked out of his home, and abandoned by the traveling circus he had joined. In desperation, he uses the little money he has to buy a one-way ticket to the nearest city, which turns out to be Bombay. "Come back a movie star," the ticket agent tells him mockingly. In Bombay, Krishna joins a small community of street kids, and gets a job delivering tea. Soon, everyone in the downtrodden neighborhood knows him as "Chaipau" (tea boy). Krishna wants to save five hundred rupees, enough money to get back into his mother's good graces and return home. Chillum (Raghubir Yadav), a streetwise young man who deals drugs for the local kingpin, Baba (Nana Patekar), takes Krishna under his wing. The sly but cruel Baba has a mistress, Rekha (Aneeta Kanwar), who works as a prostitute. She has a young daughter, Manju (Hansa Vithal), who has a crush on Krishna, but Krishna only has eyes for the girl they call "Sweet Sixteen," a virginal teenager who is being forced into prostitution. Eventually, Baba fires the surly Chillum, and Krishna finds himself struggling to keep Chillum alive by supporting his drug habit. Many of the roles in the film are played by non-actors, including the street kids, and an actual madame who allowed Nair to film scenes in her brothel.
Salaam Bombay ! Was Nair’s feature film debut with her frequent collaborator Sooni Taraporevala. It went on to win over 25 international awards, including the Camera d’Or (Golden Camera) and the Audience Awards at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, an Academy Award Nomination, and A BAFTA nomination.

Director: Mira Nair is the rare, prolific filmmaker who fluidly moves between Hollywood and independent cinema. She has made over ten feature films, as well as short films and documentaries. A longtime activist, Nair divides her energies between filmmaking and her successful non-profit organizations. She used the profits of Salaam Bombay! to create the Salaam Baalak Trust, which has directly impacted government policy on street children in India. 20 years later, the trust’s 25 centers provide a safe and nurturing environment for 5000 street children annually.

Next year, Ms. Nair will return to the theatre from where she started, directing a spectacular musical on Broadway based on her beloved film, MONSOON WEDDING. Her forthcoming feature will be an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's bestselling novel, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, to be filmed in New York, Pakistan and Chile in 2011.

Mira Nair was born in India and educated at both Delhi University and Harvard. She currently lives in New York City and Kampala, Uganda and New Delhi, India with her husband and son.

The Jugaad Urbanism Film Series will take place Fridays throughout the exhibition duration, starting at 6:30pm:

February 11: The Great Indian Jugaad
February 18: 3 shorts - Ambarin, Occupation:Millworker, and Soma Girls - Q&A to follow with Director Nandini Sikand and Nisha Mistry
February 25: Salaam Bombay! - Q&A to follow with Director Mira Nair
March 4: Delhi 6
March 11: Dharavi Slum for Sale
March 18: Khosla ka Gosla
March 25: Bombay Summer- Q&A to follow with Director Joseph Mathew
April 1: 7 Islands and a Metro
April 8: Cinema City - 5 shorts
April 15: Rafting to Bombay

Free for AIA and CFA members, New School students and faculty, IAAC members, and SIAEA members; $10 general admission.

Exhibition and related programs are organized by AIA New York in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation, the India China Institute at The New School , the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) and the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA).

Jugaad Urbanism is supported in part by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition is also supported by the donations of those who attended our first-ever exhibition fundraising event, the screening of the film Dharavi, Slum for Sale by Lutz Konermann. Special thanks to Umberto Dindo, Secretary of the AIA New York Chapter, Lutz Konermann, and Catherine Scharf, Head of the Cultural Department at the Consulate General of Switzerland for their generous support of this event.

We are also grateful to the following sponsors for their significant contributions to the exhibition:


Lead Sponsors:

Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects

Bittersweet NYC

Benjamin Moore
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Perkins Eastman
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill



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