Dhobi Ghat Movie Review
Kiran Rao’s directorial debut “Dhobi Ghat” is about four protagonists who are from various walks of life and the one common factor that binds them all is that they live in Mumbai. The movie takes the viewers on the by-lanes and crowded localities to establish the characters and their need to be in this over-crowded city. The camera angles are aesthetically set along with the artistic black and white photographs that tell more stories to the viewers than that meets the eye. In the end, to be honest with the filmmaker and her final product all one could say is that why is “Dhobi Ghat” so confusing and off the track.
There is multiple narration that runs parallel to each story which confuses the audience especially the Noor Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) part where she films a video to be sent to her brother is somewhat shabbily scripted that it looses its sheen amongst the other three protagonists stories.
Arun (Aamir Khan) as the divorced artist has played his role with absolute maturity and in particular the scene where he comes to know that Noor Yasmin’s story culminates to a tragic end he has proved that he is indeed an actor with substance.
Munna (Prateik) is a character that holds up the film to an extent as he plays varied roles and also the way he varies his expression as and when required is truly commendable. His body language is perfect and so is his dialogue delivery. The most disappointing fact is that the role of Munna is short and it could have been given an extended screen time which would have made things a little better.
Shai (Monica Dogra) an investment banker from US who is on a sabbatical is enamored by the bustling city’s sleaze has given a note-worthy performance. Her accent is authentic but at the same time her overstress on few words do lead to irritation.
The most glaring glitch in the film is that how come in a big city like Mumbai, these three characters meet each other someway or other? There is a definite attempt by Kiran Rao to showcase the intricate life of Mumbai and its immigrant population but somewhere the plot slips and hence the interest gets lost mid-way.
“Dhobi Ghat” has got so much publicity due to the only fact that it is directed by Mrs. Aamir Khan else this movie would have had an even worse box-office verdict or it would have even been difficult to have it released at theatres. The movie has a running time of 98 minutes (end credits included) and the dialogues which are mostly in English is a huge let down for the viewers.
“Dhobi Ghat” is no run-of-the-mill masala stuff and is strictly meant for multiplex and niche festival audience.
Watch the Trailer of “Dhobi Ghat”: