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Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) (Aamir Khan Productions - New Hindi Film / Bollywood Movie / Indian Cinema DVD)

Aamir Khan , Prateik Babbar , Kiran Rao  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Dan Husain, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra
  • Directors: Kiran Rao
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: UTV Motion Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Dhobi Ghat is a compelling picture of urban angst that has become the hallmark of big city life.

Kiran Rao makes a sensitive debut with Dhobi Ghat, a film that is heavily imbued with mood and soul. She uses her characters smartly to dissect the much talked about spirit of Mumbai without getting maudlin. In fact, the high point of the film is its understated elegance as the lead players slip in and out of the frame, chasing dreams and aspirations. If Aamir Khan enunciates the art of understatement through his delineation of Arun, the women (Monica Dogra and Kriti Malhotra) skillfully juxtapose strength and vulnerability. Prateik as Munna is endearing. Tushar Kanti Ray's camera captures Mumbai in all its original hues: black, grey, sunlit, shadowy, chaotic, desolate and surging ahead.

A lyrical ode to the modern malady -- metro-eccentricity -- Dhobi Ghat is intelligent and artistic cinema.

Kiran Rao s directorial debut Dhobi Ghat is an unabashed art house film with a melancholic air that draws you in and keeps you glued to your seat for an hour and 35 mins.

About the Actor

Aamir was first introduced as a child artiste in the 1970's hit Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) -- he was the youngest child in the trio. He 'quit' movies and went on to become the state tennis champion for Maharashtra.

Aamir also fell in love with the girl next door in the meantime. He proposed to her the day he turned 21, and she accepted. But apparently, there was opposition since she was from a Hindu family and he, from a devout Islamic one. So, they eloped, got married and returned to their homes. Aamir's wife Reena appeared in the song ""Papa Kehte Hain"" that made him the darling of the nation.

From the tremendous success of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which was released when he was 23, he has blossomed into India's finest actor. His list of sterling performances include Dil (1990), Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (1992), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Rangeela (1995), Raja Hindustani (1996), Ishq (1997), Ghulam (1998) and Sarfarosh (1999), Ghajini, Rang De Basanti and innumerable other films.

Born as Aamir Hussain Khan on 14 March 1965, Aamir gained critical and popular acclaim for his roles as an Indian film Actor, Director and Producer.

Khan took a four year break after 2000 citing personal problems, and returned in 2005 with Ketan Mehta's Mangal Pandey: The Rising. In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's award-winning, Rang De Basanti, Khan's role was critically acclaimed, earning him a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance and various nominations for Best Actor. The film was the official entry of India for the Oscars and received a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards in England. Khan's work in his next movie, Fanaa (2006) was also appreciated, and the film went on to become one of the highest grossing Indian films of 2006.In 2001, he made his debut as a film producer with the Academy Award-nominated Lagaan, where he played the lead role and earned his second Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance.

In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, for which he received a Filmfare Best Director Award. This was followed by Ghajini (2008), which became the highest-grossing Indian film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation.

In 2009, Khan played the lead role in the commercially and critically acclaimed film 3 Idiots as Ranchodas Chanchad which became Bollywood's highest grossing film and won multiple Filmfare awards including Best Picture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate Ode to a City April 7, 2011
"Dhobi Ghat" is a film that revolves around five characters: firstly, the city of Mumbai itself, followed by four individuals, some of whom have been drawn to Mumbai from other parts of India. Arun (Aamir Khan) is an angsty, moody artist whose inner life we never fully penetrate; Shai (Monica Dogra) is an Americanized Indian who is on sabbatical from her finance job in the US; Munna (Prateik) is a washerman (in the Dhobi Ghat area of the city) and aspiring movie star, who came to Mumbai at a young age to escape poverty; and Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) is a young woman who migrated to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh after getting married. The film is a window into their four lives, as individuals and also in the ways their lives intersect. Mumbai stands as the connecting element - the city that, for very different reasons, drew them to itself. Although the city's landscape and movement is filmed beautifully by writer/director Kiran Rao, we also get the sense that Mumbai can be an imposing, and perhaps coldly indifferent, presence. Not all of the characters' lives are affected positively by their time in the city.

The performances are top-caliber from all involved. Aamir Khan has the least lines of anyone, but he conveys everything necessary (and more) through his face alone. He is utterly convincing as a sullen but gifted painter. The character of Shai is immediately grating, which is probably a testament to the performance of Monica Dogra, as it seems her character was meant to be jarringly at odds with the landscape around her; she is seemingly unaware of the easy affluence of her life. While Arun lives in a decaying (but bright and airy) apartment in a crowded neighborhood of the city, Shai lives in a hermetically sealed highrise apartment, cloistered from the city's sounds and smells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful mosaic movie June 20, 2011
By Isara
Dhobi Ghat was released in January 2011 in India. It constitutes the directing debut of Kiran Roa, Mrs Aamir Khan.

The story (spoiler-free):
The lives of 4 people in Mumbai (Bombay) who happen to cross paths and to develop relationships with each other. Arun is a lonely painter. He meets Shai and bonds with her during the inauguration of his artwork in a gallery. She's on a sabbatical year and want to devote time to her hobby: photography. She becomes friend with her dhobi (washerman), who is also Arun's dhobi. He's a simple guy dreaming of becoming a bollywood actor. At his new home, Arun finds video recordings made by Yasmin, the previous owner, and he becomes fascinated...

The first great achievement of this film is its screenplay, written by Kiran Rao. The danger for a mosaic movie is to have its story drift endlessly or split in too many branches. It's not the case in Dhobi Ghat, and on the contrary it keeps a strong core around which the various characters and stories revolve. What is this core? The city of Mumbai of course, the 5th character of the movie, as the director claims... but not only.

The english title of the movie, Mumbai Diaries, could also have been "Mumbai Visions". Yasmin makes video recordings of Mumbai as she discovers the city. Shai wants to photograph the real Mumbai. Munna creates another self through Shai's camera, to reach the filmi scene of Mumbai. Arun gets his inspiration by watching the city, or watching the city as seen by Yasmin. One scene I really appreciated is Shai unnoticed taking pictures of Arun watching Yasmin's recordings. So, instead of just having the characters wander in Mumbai, the core of the movie is the sights the city impresses on its inhabitants and our protagonists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salaam Mumbai, the muse, the whore and the beloved April 11, 2011
Dhobi Ghat marks the debut of Kiran Rao and is a a video diary of Mumbai, shot mostly on location in Mumbai. There are four characters in the film, Aamir Khan is Jai, the reclusive painter, Shai ( Monica Dogra ) who is an investment banker on sabbatical from the U.S. Munna ( Prateik Babbar) the washer-man, the young bride Yasmin ( Kirti Malhotra)whose video diaries chronicle her elation at arriving in Mumbai as a young bride to her fateful decision. Finally there is the background, which I would call the fifth character which is city of Mumbai. Ms. Rao the director carefully weaves all these stories together in an uneven mosaic which stays with you after the film.
Aamir as Aarun excels and that is expected but I give him more credit for staying in the background in his own production and letting the other actors and story do the bidding. Monica Dogra, is an investment banker who in in a platonic friendship with a laundry man, etches a balanced role and adds an important dimension to the film,watching her in the final scene in the car is a treat. However I feel that the accolades should go to Prateik Babbar as Munna who essays this role with such a conviction that makes you think if acting is in the genes ( he is the son of Smita Patil and Raj Babbar). Then there is Kirti Malhotra as Yasmin who records her mumbai experience for her brother who cannot visit. Her characters conclusion will shock you. Then there is Mumbai, it has been shot so beautifully and never looked so full of life. I loved the film and I think you will too. Four stars 4-10-11
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