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Mumbai Diaries (2010)

Dhobi Ghat (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Prateik ... Munna
Monica Dogra ... Shai
Kriti Malhotra ... Yasmin
Aamir Khan ... Arun
Danish Husain 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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Genres:

Drama

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India

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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mumbai Diaries See more »

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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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Beautiful film full of melancholy...
29 April 2011 | by AryiaSee all my reviews

I'm not myself such a big fan of this kind of film, I don't plan on buying the Dhobi Ghat DVD, but I nevertheless give a 9/10 because the movie deserves it. There are writing and technical achievements that you can't take away from the film, even if it didn't appeal to you.

The first great achievement of this film is its screenplay, written by Kiran Rao. The danger for a mosaic movie is to have its story drift endlessly or split in too many branches. It's not the case in Dhobi Ghat, and on the contrary it keeps a strong core around which the various characters and stories revolve. What is this core? The city of Mumbai of course, the 5th character of the movie, as the director claims... but not only.

The English title of the movie, Mumbai Diaries, could also have been "Mumbai Visions". Yasmin makes video recordings of Mumbai as she discovers the city. Shai wants to photograph the real Mumbai. Munna creates another self through Shai's camera, to reach the filmi scene of Mumbai. Arun gets his inspiration by watching the city, or watching the city as seen by Yasmin. One scene I really appreciated is Shai unnoticed taking pictures of Arun watching Yasmin's recordings. So, instead of just having the characters wander in Mumbai, the core of the movie is the sights the city impresses on its inhabitants and our protagonists.

The next achievement of Dhobi Ghat is its direction: refined, subtle, it delivers sights of Mumbai in a very intimate way. It's completely appropriate for the screenplay (well, logical, since both story and shooting are from Kiran Rao), and probably helps us rapidly feel close to the characters. I particularly liked all the scenes recorded by Yasmin, featuring small everyday events, but yet really meaningful and emotional. But it's also a strong technical direction, as is enough to prove it that scene where Munna runs in the middle of Mumbai chaotic traffic. A real moment of cinema.

To finish, the third good point of the film is its cast. Aamir Khan is flawless, as usual, though in the rather unusual role for him of a loner (he's done that kind of roles before, but not very often). Kriti Malhotra is a particularly moving and very beautiful Yasmin, Prateik Babbar excels in the role of the shy Munna, and Monica Dogra plays very naturally the modern American-Indian Shai.

The only thing I liked less in Dhobi Ghat is its end, a bit too open to my taste. But that's very subjective and on the whole the film deserves praise for its coherence, its sensibility and its artistic direction. I would call it a must-see.

P.S: People who hated it must only be used to watching Masala stuff. Seriously, the movie can appeal to a large audience, it's not AT ALL an obscure art movie that could appeal only to a very small fringe of audience...


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