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Dhobi Ghat (2010)

TV-14 | | Drama | 21 January 2011 (India)
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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.

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Kiran Rao

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Kiran Rao
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Cast

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 ... Vanitha
Babita Sehgal Babita Sehgal ... Munna's Client
Jitendra Shinde Jitendra Shinde ... Karim (as Jitendra Narari Shinde)
Nafisa Amin Khan Nafisa Amin Khan ... Amma
Rohit Tiwari Rohit Tiwari ... Rakesh
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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mumbai Diaries See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$365,297, 23 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$576,639, 13 February 2011
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Aamir Khan Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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References Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) See more »

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Arun Getting Closer To Yasmin
Composed by Gustavo Santaolalla
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A poetic tale of people living in Mumbai
8 March 2011 | by aafreen-karimSee all my reviews

Dhobi Ghaat-Mumbai Diaries:I didn't even know that Mumbai Diaries was a part of the title but thats what the film is truly about.Mumbai is not just a city/habitat but a character which is the common thread linking the 4 human characters.It's like a person molding all of them differently.A bored wife from small town finds Mumbai - a companion,the ocean - a confidante, Mumbai rains- the romance that she could never find in her husband.A girl from New York finds Mumbai to be an exploration of the landscape and of human beings,life in its by lanes and how it changes by day and by night,discoveries and realities of life ,of the wedge still existing between the rich and the poor so simply shown in the way that tea is served to an employer and to a Dhobi.Prateik Babbar perfects the lingo and nuances of a Dhobi/life in slums to the T.Pratik's character is so well defined from how he goes by the railway tracks doing his daily morning ablutions while the sky is still dark, the place where he lives, the bed soaked by the first sign of rains and for some privacy just a curtain made of patches of cloth and no door.Aamir's character becomes intertwined with a woman who is just an accidental and disconnected find and goes on to become a muse and then to someone whose loss is nerve-wracking.There are just too many beautiful moments only to be seen to be experienced in this movie, the first time Prateik/Munna gathers enough courage just to share the armrest in the theater with Monica Dongra/Shai and how happy and blissfully he is doing that, how he finds shame in being a rat killer,how he falls in love but restrains himself even while having the opportunity, how he even tries to make her feel jealous even while realizing the futility of doing so. These characters are what every Mumbaikar is all about, going about our daily lives/chores while still aspire to find love, build a connection with another person,achieve our dreams, find a little romance by the sea, culinary bliss in the Malpua of Mohammed Ali road and Bhel-puri of Juhu. It's all there in mumbai and in this beautiful film. The background score and the Mumbai noise lifts the film, the casting is apt and such a delight and the story lucid.I loved the end.For a first time director its certainly an achievement to transform her vision so beautifully on screen. Sheer Poetry in motion. Take a bow!


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