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MPAA Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language

Sex & Nudity

  • In one scene, there is a brothel seen from above and you can see a woman lying half naked, with a bra next to a man.
  • Escort girls are seen escorting an adult man through the film, wearing tight and revealing clothes.
  • Human trafficking is a major theme of this film
  • At the last part of the movie, women are dancing with revealing clothes and a scene of women on top of a man kissing or dancing from behind.
  • A passionately kiss in the ending scene.
  • Salim stands up naked and we can see his butt. His frontal region is seen but it is so dark in the room that it is hard to make out. This is comical and nonsexual.
  • Jamal and Salim are seen walking through a brothel. There is no nudity, but sexual acts are implied. A man tells the boys about how much a virgin girl is worth.

Violence & Gore

  • Jamal is seen being slapped and put under water as a form of torture. Jamal is then electrocuted. Jamal spits out blood after this.
  • A man starts to beat Jamal.
  • Jamal imagines tackling Salim off a building. But he just slugs him in the face instead.


  • There are 8 uses of Sh*t, 5 uses of Bloody, 3 uses of Hell, 3 uses of Piss, 3 uses of god, 2 uses of F*ck, 2 uses of B*astard, 1 use of Cr*p, 1 use of D*mn, 1 use of P*ssy, and 1 use of B*tch.
  • Also, there's pervasive strong language in HINDI (including liberal use of f-word combined with mother or sister), these phrases are not subtitled in English.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A child gets chloroformed.
  • We see Jamal smoking a pipe and some other teenagers drinking alcohol. This is very brief.
  • Salim is seen drinking alcohol.
  • Salim is seen smoking.
  • There are also a few more scenes of adults smoking and drinking alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Overall there is a lot of intense, upsetting, sometimes graphic imagery depicting the realities of slum life, homelessness, organized crime, and poverty in India.
  • Jamal jumps into a pit of human excrement. We see him stand up and run into a crowd, he is covered in feces. This is hilarious and disturbing.
  • Latika puts hot peppers down Salims pants.
  • Jamal and Salim are seen falling off a moving train. This is intense.
  • There are a few chase scenes and emotional scenes that could be considered intense.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • It is implied that Salim wants to have sex with Latika. He uses force and she lets him have sex with her in order to save Jamal.

Violence & Gore

  • We see a group of men beating people with sticks. Jamals mother is killed in the attack. We also see them light a man on fire.
  • A young boy gets hot liquid poured into his eye.
  • Salim shoots Maman in the head. This is not graphic.
  • Salim shoots a man and then is shot by three or four other men.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • At 31:13, a child gets hot liquid poured into his eye to make him blind. This is quite disturbing.

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