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Well thats great that Pratik is getting praised.. he is saying that it is his make or break movie.. hope it works for him. Aamir is supposed to underplay his character, so i guess his biggest challenge would be to let other characters shine... even when aamir has starred in multistarrers.. like RDB... his characters have always been the center of focus.. so it would be cool to see The aamir khan stayin in background for this one.. while Pratik shines.. Pratik couldn't have asked for a better chance.. to outshine the brightest actor in

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Hi Jaya... Yeah.... Each time you edit it gets off the sticky....Nice to see you here... Smile 

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New York Times Movie Review

Mumbai Diaries

'Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)'

Published: January 20, 2011

Directed by Kiran Rao

1 hour 40 minutes; not rated

"My muse, my wh**e, my beloved": that's what Arun, a gloomy artist, calls Bombay in Kiran Rao's "Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)." (Despite the title's "Mumbai," everyone here says Bombay.) It's certainly Ms. Rao's muse: she seems mesmerized by its hurly-burly and has tried to find a narrative that can contain its multitudes.

Shooting on location in Super 16 and MiniDV, Ms. Rao gives the city an immediacy it doesn't usually have in films. But she has more feel for mood than for storytelling.

Shai (Monica Dogra), an investment banker and photographer, befriends Munna (Prateik), her dhobi, or laundryman. She takes pictures of him working; he falls for her. Then there's Arun (the Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who is also Mr. Kiran Rao). Moving to a new apartment, he becomes obsessed with the video diaries of a former tenant, the unhappy Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra). Mr. Khan broods beautifully, but Arun's interest in Yasmin is all conceit, no action.

And Ms. Rao's love-versus-class-barriers theme is left dangling. What does Shai want from Munna? He loves her, but what does she feel for him? Is he merely an entree into a city beyond the privileged one she inhabits, or is there something more? Ms. Dogra can't help us crack these mysteries.

Ms. Rao does have an ace up her sleeve, though: Prateik, who in his first lead role gives a nuanced, career-making performance. His Munna, the film's most realized character, is modest and ambitious (he wants to be an actor), nave and knowing, and sometimes even a little noble. He's as good an emblem as any for Ms. Rao's muse, her beloved Bombay.

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Compelling, complex lives populate 'Mumbai Diaries'

By: Janos Gereben 01/20/11 4:51 PM
Special to The Examiner
Prateik Babbar and Monica Dogra in "Mumbai Diaries."
Vivid portrait: Prateik Babbar and Monica Dogra play characters whose paths cross in the film-festival favorite "Mumbai Diaries." (Courtesy photo)

With simultaneous premieres today in India and the U.S., "Mumbai Diaries" ("Dhobi Ghat") is screening at the Balboa Theater in The City.

Gary Meyer, owner of the Balboa and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival, made special efforts to secure the film — originally scheduled only in specialized theaters catering to Indian audiences — for his venue.

Meyer, the Toronto Film Festival and critics there all hailed "Mumbai Diaries," with good reason. It is a fascinating portrait of four people, all contemporary and very different, in the massive Indian city, set against the background of a place emerging into modern times.

Director-actor Aamir Khan ("Lagaan") produced and stars in "Mumbai Diaries," and his wife, Kiran Rao, wrote and directed the film.

Khan plays Arun, a gifted, difficult painter who has a one-night stand with a thoroughly Americanized banker, Shai, played by singer Monica Dogra. (Do you remember only recently when Indian films still forbade an innocent kiss? Times are changing.)

Prateik Babbar makes a deep impression as Munna, a young and handsome laundry boy (dhobi) who has a hopeless crush on Shai, who extends a class-defying and confusing friendship to him.

The fourth principal is Yasmin (Kriti Mahotra, attractive in an old-fashioned way, in contrast to Dogra's modernity), who appears only on a video tape found by Arun when the painter moves into a new house.

The freshman director does an outstanding job maintaining a cohesive, compelling story even while the characters come and go in the tumultuous city. "Mumbai Diaries" is one of those rare films with believable characters viewers really care about.

The movie's open-ended, ambiguous conclusion is exactly right in bridging the gap between the fiction in the dark theater and the bright light of real life outside.


Mumbai Diaries

Starring Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra, Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar
Written and directed by
Kiran Rao
Not rated

Running time
1 hour 40 minutes

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Dhobi Ghat: Simplistic brilliance

dhobi-ghat-movie-wallpaper.jpgKiran Rao, in keeping with her individualistic style, has pulled an absolute winner in her directorial debut. Irrespective of the film being accepted by the masses, she has definitely announced herself and her style to her audience. Yes, after "Dhobi Ghat" she will definitely have an audience. A niche of her own.


With least regard for traditional story telling formats, "Dhobi Ghat" tells the tale of four individuals through the lens of simplicity. Munna (Prateikdhobi-ghat-3.jpg Arun on the other hand has a parallel story of his own. He finds a new muse in the form of a video diary left behind by the previous occupant of his apartment. These tapes are letters documented by a newly married Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra), for her brother back home. They tell her story of discovering Mumbai and life with her husband. What happens when the lives of these individuals flow into each other? This is the premise of Dhobi Ghat. Babbar), the dhobi, meets Shai, an NRI banker who comes to India on a sabbatical. Shai (Monica Dongra) comes to Mumbai hoping to capture the sights and sounds of the real Mumbai through her camera and Munna is her willing guide. Arun (Amir) is the artist who Shai becomes increasingly obsessed with.


dhobi-ghat-movie-wallpaper-2.jpgBut it's not the story you're looking for in this film. It's the soul of the characters and their realistic and close to life appeal that keeps you captivated. It might seem like a documentary to some, but it has a lot going on that safely keeps it away from that category. The exploration of Munna's character through the use of rustic dialogue, works well for the realism. Some mirthful moments are the conversations that Yasmin has with her maid through her video camera. These are precisely the moments that make you laugh on the spur of the moment but make you wonder much later. The music also plays an important part in taking the film to another level. It's minimalistic yet effective and used in the right places.


The good news, however, is that the film's outlook is positive enough to keep it from being called a dark film. So without much ado, go and watch Kiran Rao intelligently and aesthetically blend story and emotion through film, hand-held cam videos and some spectacular black and white images; and the soul of our beloved city Mumbai to bind them together.


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