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When Bombay inspired Bollywood

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Bombay, which is supposed to THE MECCA of every hopeful, has always been the subject matter of all the filmmakers. In fact, the very term 'Bollywood' gets its name derived from Bombay! Even as Bombay To Bangkok hit the screens last week We bring to you a series of 'Bombay/Mumbai-centric' movies which had the cinegoers either declaring the movie as a bore or had them asking for more!


This Mani Ratnam directed film, was amidst controversy since the day it was released, because of the film's plot that depicted strong political undercurrents. Its lead actors, Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, became national heart throbs after this film. On screen, Arvind and Manisha belong to the Hindu and the Muslim communities respectively, eventually get married to each other, totally against their parents' wishes and come to Bombay to lead a peaceful life. But, as luck would have it, they get caught in the infamous 1993 Hindu-Muslim riots. Even though this film was originally made in Tamil, the dubbed version in Hindi was equally successful. A R Rahman truly arrived with this film, so to say!

Bombay to Goa

There were two films made under this name. The original one starred the Big B along with Aroona Irani, Mehmood and Shatrughan Sinha in prominent roles. This film was about Aroona Irani's runway -journey from Bombay to Goa by bus, whereby she comes across Amitabh Bachchan and gang and her encounters with characters of different sizes and shapes! The song 'Dekha Na Hai Re' still remains evergreen in the cinegoer's memory!

The second film by the same name mainly starred performers from a stand up comedy show on television. The film however, sank without a trace!

Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

This Abhishek - Lara film turned out to be a flop. Amitabh Bachchan gave his baritoned narration for this film. This film was about a village that has just received electricity for the first time. The story gets carried on there after. Abhishek plays a 'village born-Mumbai bred' guy who comes back to his village after 10 years and along with him gets a dish antenna, which, eventually becomes the subject matter of a fight. The cinegoers simply refused to accept this film, theme, hence they 'axe-cepted' it!

Mumbai Matinee

This film had the most unusual starcast which included Rahul Bose, Perizaad Zorabian, Vijay Raaz, Saurabh Shukla and Asrani. Rahul played the role of Debu Chatterjee; a man in his 30's and is rebuked by everyone for being a 'virgin'. Trying his luck at losing his virginity, he gets trapped in some weird and hilarious situations. 'Loot Gaye' an item number picturised on Anusha Dandekar was only part of the film which people liked. The film's connection with Bombay is that it depicts the city's life and life-style! Period.

Salaam Bombay

This Mira Nair classic went straight into people's hearts. Salaam Bombay is all about 'life in a day' of street children named Krishna, Manju, Chillum and their fight with survival in the big bad city of Mumbai. One gets a 'really reel' glimpse of the scary insights of Mumbai, which includes drug abuse, brothel, robbery etc...

This film is indeed a class apart. Salaam Bombay was nominated for many film awards, which included the prestigious Academy Awards as India's entry in the Best Foreign Film category. Other awards included the BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival , Cesar Awards, France, The Golden Globe -USA, Los Angeles Women in Films Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and our very own National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards.

Undoubtedly, the film is a must watch on every cinegoers' list.

Mumbai Salsa

Mumbai Salsa is a funny way of looking at corporate side of our country. It had lesser known actors like Linda Arsenio, Indraneel Sengupta, Dilip Thadeshwar, Manjari Phadnis, Vir Das, Neelam Chauhan, Ray Irani, and Shaurya Chauhan amongst others. Mumbai Salsa happens to be a pub in Mumbai, where the lives of the principal characters change forever.

Mumbai Xpress

Though this film had got nothing to do with the city of Mumbai directly, Mumbai Xpress, basically, is the name of Kamal Hassan's vehicle in this film. This film flopped big time. It also starred Manisha Koirala and Om Puri. All in all, this film gave Mumbai a bad name!

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