An average Indian spends his hard earned money on cinema that is entertaining and relaxes him from an entire week or a long day of work, but if you are going to go watch Aamir Khan Productions' "Dhobi Ghat" with this perspective, sorry the film in not your cup of tea. "Dhobi Ghat" is the story of Mumbai city and relationships and Kudos to Kiran Rao for creating a film that is not the regular run-of-the-mill kind of cinema. A brave endeavour that may not attract the masses but will definitely be and is acclaimed internationally as good and powerful cinema!!
"Dhobi Ghat" is the story of Munna (Pratiek Babbar), Shai (Monica Dogra), Arun (Aamir Khan) & Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra), about their emotions, relationships, love and passion. Set in the backdrop of Mumbai city, the film portrays the interconnection between the lives of 4 contrasting personalities in the same city, an NRI investment banker looking for connections or a relationship, a lonesome divorced artist whose muse is the city and his fascination with the girl who lived his recently leased house, a small town Muslim migrant struggling with her crumbling marriage and a Dhobi who is also an aspiring actor. The turn of events between these 4 relationships that have 2 things in common, the Mumbai city and their somewhat lonely heart, that longs for happiness but in different forms makes the base of the film.
Aamir Khan Productions has set high expectations with films like "Lagaan", "Taare Zameen Par", "Rang De Basanti" and "Peepli Live" and people see him as an icon, accepting an actor-producer who has ruled us for more than a decade now in a film like this for the story is the highlight here and Aamir's stardom is overshadowed. Kiran's direction is impeccable and has given this film a European touch which again should be applauded. Sketching the city with 4 perspectives is again a thing Kiran does with conviction and ease. A movie with this treatment has never been made in India and might not be easily accepted. The film is made for international film festival audience and is not commercial cinema. Apart from accepting the challenge of making a film like "Dhobi Ghat" and being successful, Kiran gave the Indian film Industry, two captivating actors, Monica Dogra and Kriti Malhotra. The ladies are natural stunners despite being from a non-acting background. Son of Raj Babbar and Late Smita Patil, Pratiek Babbar who impressed us with his performance in "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" as Amit is the main asset of the film. His late mother and one of the finest actors of her time must be smiling from heavens and patting his back. Aamir Khan is a legend and as usual shines in the film.
Gustavo Santaolalla's music is spell-bounding and adds magic to the intense story. Kiran started the promotions for the film saying that please do not expect another Aamir Khan film or commercial cinema and yes it is as per her promise none of that. Kind of an art house cinema, "Dhobi Ghat" the film will be termed as a multiplex film and might fail to connect with a larger part of the audience. But its definitely a refreshing change to the regular masala films and worth giving a shot.