The Courtesans of Bombay

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The Courtesans of Bombay

The Courtesans of Bombay

Release Date: January 01, 1983

Year    :   1983
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Merchant Ivory Productions
Director    :   Ismail Merchant
Producers    :   Ismail Merchant, Wahid Chowhan, Kareem Samar
Writers    :   James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ismail Merchant
RunTime    :   74 mins.

In the Mumbai, India, tenement community of Pavanpul, young female courtesans sing, dance and perform sexual favors for male clientele. Directors James Ivory and Ismail Merchant blend documentary footage and dramatic reenactments in their exploration of this seamy underworld, the flip side of the Bollywood film industry, where aspiring actors and dancers -- some even sold into prostitution by their own families -- end up, with their innocence lost and their hopes for movie stardom shattered.


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