Mumbai Diaries (2011)
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 through longing, loneliness, loss and love. -- (C) UTV … More
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Critic Reviews for Mumbai Diaries
a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers
An odd amalgam of soap opera and street-level realism, with, alas, the former trumping the latter.
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.
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.
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).
This is a wholly accessible story that most filmgoers will find pithy and generally well done.
Ms. Rao does have an ace up her sleeve, though: Prateik, who in his first lead role gives a nuanced, career-making performance.
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.
Rao avoids high drama, and while there is humor, the film's tone is one of melancholy.
Rao's ultimate achievements are undercut by the arrangement of her characters into narrative castes that cross paths but can't quite connect.
An enthralling movie set in Bombay about the dreams and desires of four very different people.
Emotive and evocative, it's helped by Gustavo Santaolalla's (Babel) outstanding score.
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.
A mesmerizing, multilayered portrait of one of the world's great cities.
Addresses [its] weighty concerns with such delicacy that they barely make an impact.
Had Rao chosen to foreground his tantalizing ideas instead of his instantly forgettable characters, Mumbai Diaries could have been more than the sum of its parts.
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.More
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