Dhobi Ghat by Kiran Rao

January 26, 2011 § 5 Comments

New year and thus the change of the theme of the blog. Hopefully something different and better!

Watched Dhobi Ghat yesterday with two friends. Thankfully the right kind of people with similar tastes like mine. If they hadn’t appreciated the movie as I did I would’ve felt a tad disappointed. It’s always fun to share your sense of elation on finding something new and wonderful. So thanks to those two I enjoyed watching the film with them!

Before I headed to the theatres bro warned me it would probably not be as good as I thought it was. Coz the reviews were very bad. And now I ve realized how reviews can be misleading. After all, the reviewer is a person with his own opinion about everything. And that’s subjective. So make your own opinion ,don’t go by reviews!

Dhobi Ghat is supposed to be an artsy film. But what is an artsy film anyway? If you decide not to label any kind of cinema… except in very broad terms. Any person who likes Salman Khan films might also like something like Dhobi Ghat. You can never tell. So… not getting tangled in any labels.. Dhobi Ghat is a film for the sensitive audience. Or for anyone who’s in the mood to watch a sensitive and non masala film. Kiran Rao tells the story of Mumbai as she sees it through the eyes of her four characters. Each character has a past but what grabs our attention is their present… in the city of Mumbai. Chance encounters with each other and they are all bonded to each other by a fragile thread. Shai who obsesses over the painter who she had a one night stand with, Munna who falls for memsaab Shai, Arun the painter who finds inspiration in the little housewife in the videotape he found in the previous owner’s cupboard and Yasmin the naive and innocent housewife who makes videotapes of her new life in Mumbai to send to her dear brother. All living in the big city with completely different lives and still the same.

At the beginning I found Aamir Khan quite awkward in his role as Arun. He is not used to playing such characters and nor are we used to seeing him. But halfway through the film he finds his grip and we see Arun. Monika Dogra as Shai is beautiful and very amazingly cast. You wouldn’t imagine Shai to be any different. She seems extremely beautiful in her own way. Kriti Malhotra plays the naive and innocent Yasmin with such unbelievable ease… her last words on the tape quite affect you along with Arun. But the show stopper.. or stealer shall we say.. is Prateik Babbar’s Munna. He’s subtle and full of hopes, Prateik Babbar is something to look forward to.

And the OTHER show stealer is… the music composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Loved the scores.

All in all, Kiran Rao knows her craft very well. A definite one time watch even for the  sceptics. No matter even if you hate it. And for the others… it’s a treat! Do watch!


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§ 5 Responses to Dhobi Ghat by Kiran Rao

  • Neelisha says:

    hey, gud goin….I totally agree… definitely a one time watch 😀

  • Bakul says:

    lovely post sayali…
    summarised well…and as we decided, not to read a review before going for a movie…!!

  • Vishwajeet says:

    A very good film by kiran rao. Though ameer khan has screwed it up. It is very interesting to see someone looking at film making in such an interesting way. She seems really sensible, genuine and brilliant! Hoping good films from her in future.

  • Vishwajeet says:

    And one more thing, this film really works because the director thinks about her own environment, society and issues. She doesn’t borrow anything. She doesn’t take a ‘stance’ of showing her social and political awareness. I hope ameer khan learns something as a producer.

  • oh yes… aamir khan really stuck out.n in a bad way. i wonder how the film would have been without him. he was too busy TRYing to show he can play a low profile artist instead of actually showing it.

    loved kiran rao. the lady has the thing. honest n sensitive work!

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