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Mumbai Diaries (2010)

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64

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) is the story of four people from very different backgrounds, whose worlds intersect and leave them forever altered. As they find themselves drawn into compelling relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices of their lives, separating them even as it brings them closer... Fragments of their experience - seen through a naïve video diary, black and white photographic images and painting - form a portrait of Mumbai and its people, bound together as they journey

PG,

Art House & International, Drama

Kiran Rao (II)

Mar 8, 2011

$0.6M

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (7)

The sex/class conflicts are way too twee.

January 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An odd amalgam of soap opera and street-level realism, with, alas, the former trumping the latter.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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[A] satisfying, well-acted drama.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Ms. Rao does have an ace up her sleeve, though: Prateik, who in his first lead role gives a nuanced, career-making performance.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With its key settings in a crowded, largely decrepit, congested yet beguiling, picturesque older portion of this city of 14 million inhabitants, the film is like a rich tapestry in which are interwoven the intersecting lives of three people.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Rao avoids high drama, and while there is humor, the film's tone is one of melancholy.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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Captured with the assuredness of a true auteur's vision and defying all known conventions of commercial Indian filmmaking, Dhobi Ghat will be a revelation to those that think sub-Continental cinema is just all song-and-dance.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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What is undoubtedly a sincere attempt to present the contrasting lives in a roiling city unfortunately seems more of a facile vanity project for the principals involved.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Romance and regret woven in four strands of India's striving Muslims are slight against Mumbai's striking sights, but have poignant realism (especially Prateik's portrayal).

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Comments (2)
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This is a wholly accessible story that most filmgoers will find pithy and generally well done.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Sleek, subtle, sensual, a very human time-capsule of now.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Rao's ultimate achievements are undercut by the arrangement of her characters into narrative castes that cross paths but can't quite connect.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

An enthralling movie set in Bombay about the dreams and desires of four very different people.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Emotive and evocative, it's helped by Gustavo Santaolalla's (Babel) outstanding score.

January 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A reflective portrait of contemporary Mumbai largely devoid of cliché or overt exoticism, the multiple storyline film presents its characters with a subtlety never seen in traditional Bollywood fare.

January 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

That Kiran Rao doesn't adequately interrogate her own relationship to her subjects means that Mumbai Diaries can't quite match its own ambitions

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (4)
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mumbai Diaries

Not your usual Bollywood fare. Slow moving, low key, but at the same time intriguing. Excellent acting. Excellent overlapping stories. A very artistic film, without being snobby and boring. Nice to see some Bollywood without all the singing, and dancing. Personaly, I would prefer a little more of this type.
April 24, 2012
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