Courtesans of Bombay

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Synopsis

The Merchant-Ivory team adopts a semi-documentary stance in Courtesans of Bombay. Though several scenes are dramatized, this film is essentially an unadorned look at prostitution in modern India. The film details the impoverished conditions that would prompt otherwise chaste Indian women to seek out employment as "performers"--a euphemism for the World's Oldest Profession, though they do indeed give public dancing and singing performances as a sideline. Indian actress Saeed Jeffrey heads the cast of this Ruth Prawer Jhabvala-scripted "docudrama." Courtesans of Bombay was made for British television, and original telecast in those late hours ostensibly off limits to younger viewers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
4/19/05 
Studio
Merchant Ivory
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 -- Pre-1954 Standard (4x3)
Length
1 hour, 13 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New digital transfer
  • Street Musicians of Bombay, a documentary by composer Richard Robbins
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Number of Discs
1

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