Bombay (Film)

  • Arvind Swamy: Shekhar Mishra Narayan
  • Manisha Koirala: Shaila Bano
  • Kitty: Bashir Ahmed
  • Nazar: Narayan

Bombay is an Indian film drama directed by Mani Ratnam in the year 1995.


The film tells the story of Shekhar and Shaila Bano. Both are growing up in a small village in southern India. Both are lucky to be loved by their parents and therefore well trained. As the Hindu Shekhar falls in love with a Muslim Shaila Bano, but can not accept the respective fathers, fracture occurs. Shekhar, who is studying journalism in Bombay after school, returns to his parents back - not without the first, self- earned money Shaila Bano a ticket to Bombay to send.

Shaila Bano accepts this offer by Shekar, whom she loves, and also leaves the village. In Bombay arrived both marry immediately, the lack of understanding of the environment whether this Hindu - Muslim marriage, both not touched, they enjoy the Flitterzeit and feelings to each other.

The happiness is even more perfect than Shaila Bano becomes pregnant and two sons, Kabir and Kamal travail. And while the sun sets over the family seems clouds brewing up in the sky, December 6, 1992 is around the corner (more in the background).

On that December 6 break in Bombay religious unrest, and the city that has given the two from the village Wretched new home, is a ruin, the reality of the differences that persuade the people of a country because of their faith. The parents of the two are concerned and come to Bombay, where they finally accept after six years the connection of their children on religious boundaries. In the now dawning riots many people die, the parents of Shekhar and Shaila Bano die. Kabir and Kamal lose in the chaos of their parents and the family will take longer to get back together.


Bombay is part of the political series directed by Mani Ratnam, which also includes the films Roja (1992) and Dil Se ( 1998) belong. He explicitly relates to the destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, and the municipal riots between Hindus and Muslims in Bombay in 1993. The roles of fathers occupied Ratnam with the Hindu Kitty as a Muslim Bashir Ahmed and the Muslim Nazar as a Hindu Narayan.

In 1995, the film with the Political Film Society Award was - Special Prize.