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 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. 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.

 

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.

 

[Rating:4]

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  2. jayashree

    January 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    please make access to this review easier.this review makes me want to see the movie right away.thanks for the lively&interesting review

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  4. vikram

    January 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    was confused as there r so many bloody good films releasing this week… the review really helped… thanks!!

  5. shanawaz

    January 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Dhobi Ghat ka pani pi ke movie banae gaye hai!!!!!!

  6. Parul

    January 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Looks like a brilliant movie …..made by an intelligent director and ofcourse has an amazing actor Amir……i’m sure the others have done a good job too by the look of the movie….and the back grond score sounds amazing……..People going and watching please do take some brains along…..and dont give just blind views about it…..Watching tomoroow….definitely

  7. Amit

    January 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Idiotic movie!! stop playing with viewers physchology..

  8. satya

    January 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    wow….I got my weekend movie.

  9. AVS

    January 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    The surprise in the film is Kriti Malhotra. Subtle sensitive and brilliant. Aamir as the understated artist is as usual excellent. Prateik shows his pedigree. But the star of the film is really Kiran Rao with her narrative.Must watch.

  10. allen

    January 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    y can’t ppl under 18…………… watch this movie

  11. shaibaz

    January 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    gud movie

  12. Ravi

    January 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Big Disastrous movie, The worst part is aamir advertising this as a commercial movie. he should advertise as art movie. the only part i like in the movie was painting drawn by aamir in the climax. Nothing there in the movie to cherish. Bandit Queen, Platform, Satya etc.. are lot better than this movie.

  13. Dipankar

    January 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Dhobi Ghat is the Worst Movie played by Amir Khan in 2011 first month.

    If Amir Khan realy want to do something then do it in real life like salman khan, Akshay kumar and in Cricket Sourav Ganguly not in Movie….

    Please Understand …….!!!

  14. Bhavesh

    January 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Please dont go to watch this film as it is one of worst film ever made. It is waste of time and money. No story, no theme nothing at all. Just a plain simple bore.

  15. Dhrona

    January 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Pathetic movie…

  16. Piyush Bhagwate

    January 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hoping to see this movie over the weekend!!!

  17. Sradha_Goody God

    January 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    it’s made a fool of all the Aamir fans!! must have managed to attain the break even by the weekend as all eyes were set to see more magic of Aamir on screen after the rocking 3 IDIOTS !! BUT DHOBI GHAT SIMPLY IS NOT WORTH IT!! miserably fails to catch your attention or enthu!! awful attempt!! it’s time to take audiences seriously and stop giving us craps in the name of big banners!!

  18. dipanjan dey

    January 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    beautiful movie.people who do not like it have no idea of what a real film is like.i love the bland cinematography and the use of minimal music.i was skeptical about the no interval thing but i would say that this minimal change has attributed the film to another level.if there had been an interval,it would completely destroy the atmosphere created the theme.in simple terms,i loved the movie

  19. Shivi

    January 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Nice refreshing movie.. meant 4 people who enjoys meaningful cinemas (not 4 those who like masala and nonsense stuff like Dabbang or SRK kinda sentimental movies.
    The movie is all about the characters.
    very few Indian film-makers or audience can appreciate such a simple yet outstanding attempt.

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