Dhobi Ghat

So this is the first Bollywood I have watched after becoming a married woman. It was great getting to show my friends and family around Istanbul and celebrate with them. The wedding was over too soon, but now I am married to the love of my life. Such a wonderful time, but life is returning to normal now and back to work and all the other stress life has to offer.

Watching Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) today was like being let in to the lives of a few new friends in Bombay for a short while. It is a dream of mine to someday visit this great city and I think it may happen sooner rather than later, but that is not important right now. This film was amazing. Not a typical Bollywood (no singing and dancing and colorful saris) but an excellent example of Hindi cinema.

The film stars Aamir Khan as Arun, a painter who finds the video letters of Yasmin, the previous tenant in his new apartment and she becomes his muse. It is also the breakout performance of Monica Dogra as Shai the photographer who kinda falls in love with Arun while befriending her “dhobi” or laundry man, Munna (Prateik).I loved Munna the best, and will definitely keep an eye out for more films from Prateik in the future.

But the film’s biggest star is Mumbai. Kiran Rao (the director and wife of Aamir Khan) really knew what she was doing when she cast Mumbai in this film. I loved getting to see Munna working in Dhobi Ghat washing the laundry, driving down Marine Drive with Yasmin, and all the amazing views from the different apartments. Mumbai plays its part perfectly, as the magnet that seems to draw people from every walk of life together, if only for a moment.

My recommendation is to watch it and then sit and think about it for a while. I have a feeling this movie will stay with me for a long time to come.

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2 Comments

  1. Donna Kimball said,

    March 2, 2011 at 04:45

    Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did–it is a very different, very personal movie!
    You should check out what I wrote after seeing it–I found it very personal on Aamir and Kiran’s part.

    • March 2, 2011 at 23:20

      I love your blog (not sure if I have ever told you that)! I totally agree with what you said and loved the info about Dhobi Ghat. I have also wanted to read Maximum City since it came out but never got around to it. I wanted to comment on your blog, but I found out that blogspot is currently banned in Turkey. It happens on and off, and that is why I had to switch to wordpress. I got to it through a proxy server, which lets me read but not take any actions. So annoying…:P


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