The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video.


Kiran Rao


Kiran Rao
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prateik ... Munna
Monica Dogra ... Shai
Kriti Malhotra ... Yasmin
Aamir Khan ... Arun
Danish Husain ... Salim (as Danish Hussain)
Kitu Gidwani ... Vatsala
Jehan Manekshaw Jehan Manekshaw ... Pesi
Ashok Varma Ashok Varma ... Yasmin's Husband
Sanjivani Oagle Sanjivani Oagle ... Silent Neighbour
Aasha Pawar Aasha Pawar ... Lata bai
Jyoti Pawar Jyoti Pawar ... Vanita
Babita Sehgal Babita Sehgal ... Munna's Client
Jitendra Shinde Jitendra Shinde ... Karim (as Jitendar Narari Shinde)
Nafisa Amin Khan Nafisa Amin Khan ... Amma
Rohit Tiwari ... Rakesh

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The lives of 4 different people in the city of Mumbai get entwined by fate and luck; Shai - an investment banker with a penchant for photography, Arun - a lonely painter, Munna - the "dhobi" who aspires to become an actor and Yasmin - making a video in her camcorder for her brother, who hasn't been to Mumbai before. The film follows how their lives are changed by the presence of one another. Will it be for better or for worse? Written by kabya92

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Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna were highly considered for the lead role of Munna. Ironically, both of them starred alongside Aamir Khan in Dil Chahta Hai (2001). However they were not selected because Kiran Rao preferred someone younger for the role. See more »


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Dear To All The Muses
14 April 2014 | by Prince_AdamSee all my reviews

Lo and behold, there's a new talent on the director's chair. Take a bow, Kiran Rao, this is one of the best directorial debuts ever.

Dhobhi Ghat is a scholar's (Kiran Rao) dedication to its muse (Mumbai). A savoury ode to one's fetishes. A philosopher's view of the contradictions of our civilization. And a guiltless acceptance of one's harmless pursuits. There is no scepticism in Rao's love for the city. It's pure and unconditional. That is why she chose "Dil tadap tadap ke keh raha hai aa bhi ja" as the song to describe her feelings.

He meets her, she meets him and he meets Yasmin. There's no beginning. There's no end. There's a journey that goes, ripping the obstacles around it, while walking, sipping a cuppa tea, smelling the fragrance of flowers and hacking the caustic forces in form of cruel changes before they suck our passion.

The editor's chopping table called for a sacrifice; as a result, the fifth character, that of the labourer, went away. One may call it a mistake, but perhaps it was influenced by the ruthless impatience of today's young breed.

We all know Prateik had talent. We all saw how he turned an unlikeable introvert from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na into a lovable character. This time he submits himself to his character of Munna, a ghetto boy. Never do you feel that he is the MTV-watching yuppie. The ode to Salman Khan, the Khan of all seasons, is a masterstroke. How could Munna be a fan of anyone else, other than the 'Bhaijaan' of the Hindi film industry? Monica Dogra is impressive. She underplays herself so well. We need to see more of her. Kirti Malhotra (Yasmin) is a talent to watch out for.

Now on to the biggie: Aamir Khan. He is the only mainstream actor, a man of the classes and the masses, who'd have the guts to be a part of a cinema like this where he is basically a supporting character, free from any starry traits. This character is the opposite of what he played in Ghajini. There he played it to the gallery with aplomb. Here he's restrained, virtually immersed in the background. He talks less, thinks more. For those not used to subtle acting, this performance of Aamir warrants a repetitive viewing to get the notes correctly.

Here lies a cathartic passion of finding one's inner-self in Mumbai Diaries. In many ways, it's a kind of a love story where one doesn't realises that one is in love till years go by -- an unchanging soul of one's life. It grows on you like a fine malt.

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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (India) See more »

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Box Office


INR102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$365,297, 23 January 2011

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Aamir Khan Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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