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Dhobi Ghat  (2011 - Hindi)

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  • Simplicity at its best…But

    Dhobi Ghat rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 21 Jan 2011)

    80’s started a fresh wave of parallel cinema in India thanks to inspiration from film makers like Satyajit Ray and others. We witnessed some great film makers like Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalni, Ketan Mehta, Basu Bhattacharya, Basu Chatterjee, Sai Paranjpe, Kalpana Lajmi, Mani Kaul, Aruna Raje, Rabindra Dharmaraj, Tapan Sinha, Pradip Krishan, Muzzafar Ali, Mrinal Sen, Sagar Sarhadi and many more talented directors. The beauty of most of these genius directors was that they made films on Indian topic but matching it with intellectual viewers of world cinema and most important, they were original and had their own style of film making. Technically most of these films were not up to the mark, but on content wise they were superior to many films made in that era. Sadly there was a limited marker for such movies, thus they ended up either as festival films or on national television. Years later after the launch of Multiplex culture our audience was ready for such films and we did witness some great films from these genres, but then most of them had huge influence from world cinema and later on the inspiration turned to adaptation or plagiarizing them. This year Debutant director Kiran Rao comes with her film ‘Dhobi Ghat’ which promises to be original and different, so let’s find out where does it belong?

    ‘Dhobi Ghat’ showcases the life of south Mumbai with four central characters – Munna {Prateik Babber} a washer man/Dhobi with dreams of becoming an actor some day, Shai {Monica Dogra} an investment banker from USA, working on a project on rare jobs which people do in Mumbai, Arun {Aamir Khan} a divorced Painter who loves to showcase the worker and lower class segment of Mumbai. Last but not the least Yasmeen Noor {Kirti Malhotra} a newly married Muslim housewife moved to Mumbai and exploring the city with help of her Handy cam. How do these character get tangled in each other’s life is the entire movie about.

    Story is very simple and nothing to boost out for. But it’s the screenplay and the way it’s been treated makes it an interesting watch. The movie does not have any hard hitting theme or any thick plot lines. It’s basically just some good moments woven with each other in form of cinema. There are some superb scenes which are the main highlight of the movie – Aamir-Monica Morning scene, Pratiek’s Photo Shoot, Aamir at beach doing Kirti’s stuffs, Prateik’s reaction at night job, Aamir’s reaction after watching Kirti’s final tape and all the scenes involving Kirti’s tapes which showcases Mumbai in rain, Train, tourist places, Middle class house life, etc. All these scenes are superb and done in very artistic manner. The movie is just about 90 minutes and if you get involved in the film you will be wanting for more. You wish the tapes never end or the photo shoot keeps exploring the dying form of rare jobs in Mumbai.

    Camera work by Tushar Kanti Ray is of top notch and has captured the film in total world cinema style but with its own style. From the start credit titles frame till the end frame the movie is sheer painting at times. Editing is good and thus the movie keeps you totally interested in it. Though some might want for more in the ending scenes, but as far as the film goes it has a perfect end.

    Background music is superb; all the usage of classical ragas is fantastic. The theme music is the best of all. It haunts with you while watching the film.Kiran Rao brings back the era of Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani, where films got labeled to these makers style. Kiran Rao too makes a film for an intellectual section especially metro or international audience, but has her own original style of film making. It does not have some weird or sudo intellectual scenes or on purpose references of some western icons etc. it’s just plain one liner film with just good actors portraying their characters. If someone’s asks me what the USP of this film is, I don’t have any answer as in a way there is nothing in the film and in other way it has everything in it. Her selections of the supporting characters are so natural. Kiran has made the film with her own ease and has ended the film with her own instincts, which might give a feeling of bit unsatisfaction for many viewers. We would love to watch more from this film maker.

    Prateik marked her debut in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, he has done a good job out here too, but still has to learn more in this field. His natural instincts are good and manage to leave a mark in the climax shot. Monica Dogra is sweet and nice in the film, her smile is a key essence of her character. Kirti Malhotra is superb in the film and you will love her character and get connecter to her instantly. Aamir khan in this different looks was nice, but was very simple and natural in most part of the film, but in his last few scenes he makes his mark and shows his acting skills. Loved his dialog in the film ‘Meri Humsafar, Meri Tawaif, Mumbai Meri Jaan’. Kitu Gidwani in a small role was looking great and it was good to see her with Aamir Khan with whom she was worked in his first film Holi.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai dum ?

    Dum hai kaafi dum hai, but just for niche and selected audience only. People expecting some entertainment or some hard hitting subject or something out of this world then this film will disappoint you for sure and that too in a big way. But people who likes simple films, have a knack for watching Iranian films or films with natural character then this is a film for you. Don’t expect much from the film and you will like it, also keep in mind the length which might also disappoint you. My final words will be ‘Simplicity at its best’ but strictly for niche audience only.

    Ratings – 3.5+/5

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