The Courtesans of Bombay Poster

Release Date: 1983

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 13 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Saeed Jaffrey, Sohra Segal, Kareem Samar

Director: Ismail Merchant

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: 1980s, Temptation, Moving