About the film
The Courtesans of Bombay
Release Date: January 01, 1983
|Production Companies||:||Merchant Ivory Productions|
|Producers||:||Ismail Merchant, Wahid Chowhan, Kareem Samar|
|Writers||:||James Ivory, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ismail Merchant|
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.