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Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) - POST ALL REVIEWS HERE (Page 10)

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Very Negative reaction from the audience. "The first time Amir's film is being called bakwaas" (not my words...the video reporter guy said that :P )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmG7jDvefDE&feature=player_embedded


First day first show Mixed reaction here!

http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/broadband/video/First-Day-First-Show/Ik1NjG36/2/First-Day-First-Show-Of-Dhobi-Ghat.html


PS Has Anyone posted Rajeev Masand review yet? Because he already put his review up!


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every one said its very good movie even public like this they said its not for masses its for classes

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Not sure if this Mumbai Mirror review has been posted..sorry if it has!

It's all art

Despite the slick, haunting promos and coordinated media build up, Dhobi Ghat strictly remains an art house film with limited appeal, and its subtitle, Mumbai Diaries, captures the genre of the film correctly.



Directed by debutante Kiran Rao, Dhobi Ghat is a deliberate, reflective film that tracks four slender stories, with Mumbai in the middle, interweaving them in a hip, personal Discovery channel kind of way.

The tone of the film is all very sweet and smarmy, and may well work wonders with foreigners at a film festival.


But is unlikely to resonate with our Bollywood audience. Minus the incredibly astute acting and marketing skills of Aamir Khan, this average film may never have got made, let alone got a touted release.

Like most artsy festival fare, Dhobi Ghat doesn't honour us with any real attempt at storytelling or drama, which can be left to the plebs. This is true slice-of-life cinema, full of beautifully shot gentle vignettes and little moments, none of which make any concerted attempt at entertainment, so be warned. Arun (Aamir Khan) is a reticent, reclusive painter living in Mumbai.

At one of his fancy painting exhibitions, he meets Shai Edulji (Monica Dogra), a rich investment banker down on a sabbatical from New York. She is in Mumbai pursuing her artistic side, namely street photography. So the two artists hook up and end up in bed.

Next morning, Aamir is contrite, since he hates to make friends or lovers, which leads to Monica storming out. Then Aamir shifts to a larger place at Mohammad Ali road, with no forwarding address.

The third slice in the story is Munna (Prateik), the good natured, bronze bodied dhobi who lives in the chawls. When Monica realizes that Prateik works for Aamir too, she starts to befriend him. Alright then. Soon she is clicking his portfolio, since Prateik wants to be an actor, while he shows her the insides of his Dhobi Ghat. So they get real chummy, which is decidedly strange.

Meanwhile Aamir discovers a batch of video cassettes in his new rented flat, which provide the final slice. The cassettes are video diaries shot by a newly married girl, Yasmin Noor (Kriti Malhotra) for her kid brother back in UP, which gives the director an opportunity to give us a Mumbai tour.

As Aamir starts watching Kriti's intimate story, Monica lands up at the under construction building next door, and starts shooting him on the sly.

As Prateik starts falling for Monica, she gets further beguiled by Aamir, who is by now trapped inside the story of Kriti, which is set to reach an alarming end, unlike the film itself.

Since the slice-of-life film neither has an interval nor any discernible plot, you are by now squirming as the slim story loops around itself.

Dhobi Ghat is shot well, has some beautiful moments, the production design is good and all the actors do a fine job, barring Aamir, who sticks to a grouchy, taciturn demeanor. The nuanced Prateik is effortless and charming on the eye, Monica is sharp and sassy, while Kriti is engagingly simple.

Finally a lot of the film is in spoken English, which further restricts the mass appeal of Dhobi Ghat. Worldwide there is an audience for this kind of ruminative cinema, though we seem to be still looking in India.

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Posted: 21 January 2011 at 7:37pm | IP Logged
Off to see the movie. Will update the index with the new reviews when I get back and also share my perspective!

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Masand: 'Dhobi Ghat' slowly grows on you

Rajeev Masand Rajeev Masand , CNN-IBN
Updated Jan 22, 2011 at 12:43am IST

Cast: Aamir Khan, Pratik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriri Malhotra

Director: Kiran Rao

In 'Dhobi Ghat', written and directed by Kiran Rao, Mumbai city is as much a character as the four protagonists whose lives intersect during the film's 95 minute running time.

Masand: 'Dhobi Ghat' slowly grows on you

Shai (played by Monica Dogra) is a wealthy NRI investment banker who is in town on a sabbatical from her job, to indulge her passion for photography. She spends the night with brooding artist Arun (played by Aamir Khan), who regrets the one-night stand. But Shai, although hurt, feels like they made a connection. Munna (played by Prateik Babbar) is a dhobi nursing acting ambitions, who agrees to introduce Shia to the city, and ends up with a crush on her. Yasmin (played by Kriti Malhotra) is a young Muslim girl who has moved to Mumbai from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, and is recording video diaries for her brother back home. We only see Yasmin in this recorded footage that Arun stumbles onto and becomes obsessed with.

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Unfolding against the city's bustling geography, these stories reveal an intimate and sometimes unpleasant portrait of Mumbai. The issue of class difference rears its ugly head as Shia and Munna become friends. Lack of privacy is another key theme, as is the migrant experience.

Director Kiran Rao makes some interesting points, but there are a few things that just don't work. The overuse of coincidence, for one. In a city bursting at the seams, the characters in this film seem to be running into each other just about everywhere. Also, Munna is a dhobi, who works nights as a rat-catcher; at one point it's even insinuated that he's sleeping with a housewife possibly for cash. Is there any job this guy doesn't do? And yet he's available on call to provide tourist-guide services to Shai.

Arun's obsession with Yasmin is another tricky area. His curiosity about her life may be understandable given that he appears to have no life of his own, but the reaction to his ultimate discovery about her appears contrived.

To be honest, Arun is the only character in the film that strikes me as awkward. He's saddled with clunky dialogue, and played uncomfortably by Aamir Khan, who surprisingly comes off as too conscious. Monica Dogra as Shai takes some getting used to, but finds her feet along the way. It's Kriti Malhotra as Yasmin who strikes the perfect note, and whose haunting influence can be felt long after the film is over. Prateik Babbar as Munna oozes charisma and confidence, and your heart goes out to his character in the end when reality puts a break on his dreams.

Beautifully shot and aided by an evocative background score, 'Dhobi Ghat' is occasionally indulgent and moves at a glacial pace. Yet Rao creates some endearing characters, and embraces Mumbai despite its dichotomies. The result is a film that slowly grows on you.

I'm going with three out of five for director Kiran Rao's 'Dhobi Ghat'. If you have an open mind and an appetite for the experimental, take a bite out of this one.

Rating: 3 / 5

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watched it today.

Best movie. Big smile

Prateik Star. Kriti Star

Aamir Khan was good as well. 

Kiran Rao- good job done Thumbs UpClap


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