Mumbai Diaries (2011)



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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 through longing, loneliness, loss and love. -- (C) UTV
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Mumbai Diaries

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Nearly every element of Rao's debut is uneven. But her passionate vision of so much useless prejudice leaves a lingering impact.

Full Review… | April 12, 2016
New York Daily News
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The sex/class conflicts are way too twee.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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An odd amalgam of soap opera and street-level realism, with, alas, the former trumping the latter.

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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The movie's sluggish pace attempts to disguise the amazing acting by its leads. In the end, the acting powers through to deliver a very good attempt at an art film by debutante director Kiran Rao.

Supratik Mukherjee
Supratik Mukherjee

" Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)" is a layered sensitive film comprised of three divergent life stories which intersect in unusual ways. The cinematography is luscious and well thought out. More than in most films, the environment is the silent fourth life story told, which really helps give a romantic feel to one of the most crowded, poorest neighborhoods in India. The acting is careful; the direction beautiful. The stories and images which comprise this fine film will last in my mind for quite a while. This film is well worth viewing for those interested in fascinating studies of people and exotic environments.

Jerry Kane
Jerry Kane

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