Dhobi Ghat (2011)

 ●  Hindi ● 1 hr 40 mins

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The lives of 4 different people in the city of Mumbai get entwined by fate and luck; Shai - an investment banker with a penchant for photography, Arun - a lonely painter, Munna - the "dhobi" who aspires to become an actor and Yasmin - making a video in her camcorder for her brother, who hasn't been to Mumbai before. As they find themselves drawn into compelling relationships, the city finds it's way into the crevices of their lives, separating them even as it brings them closer... Fragments of their experience - seen through a naive 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.
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Cast: Aamir Khan, Kriti Malhotra, Monica Dogra, Prateik Babbar

Crew: Kiran Rao (Director), Tushar Kanti Ray (Director of Photography), Gustavo Santaolalla (Music Director), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 21 Jan 2011 (India)

Hindi Name: धोबी घाट

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Did you know? This movie marks the directorial debut of Kiran Rao, who is also the protagonist, Aamir Khan's wife in real life. Read More
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as Arun
as Yasmin
as Shai
as Munna
as Boy in Arun's New House
as Lata bai
as Perfumer
as Street Kid 1
as Lady in Arun's New House
as Yasmin's Husband
as Munna's Client
as Arun's Watchman
as Salim
as Drunk on the tracks
as Street Kid 3
as Maulvi at Muslim Cemetry
as Shai's Father
as Child in Opposite House
as Street Kid 2
as Nice Lady in Train
as Pesi
as Karim
as Vanitha
as Man in Opposite House
as Vatsala
as Studio Attendant
as Kale Bhai
as Woman in Opposite House
as Municipal Officer
as Agnes
as Street Kid 4
as Shai's Friend at the Bar
as Rakesh
as Girl at Multiplex
as Irritated Lady in Train
as Film Producer
as Construction Worker
as Silent Neighbour
as Taxi Driver




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Spoken Languages:
English, Hindi
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat), 2.39:1 (Scope)
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Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Hello (Hindi)
Referenced in: Yuvvraaj (Hindi)
Referenced in: Partner (Hindi)
Dubbed into: Dhobi Ghat (English)
This movie is a tribute to Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan, as the lead character, Munna is an ardent Salman Khan fan.

This movie made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2010.

This movie marks the directorial debut of Kiran Rao, who is also the protagonist, Aamir Khan's wife in real life.

Aamir Khan, who is known to have played characters that are almost half his actual age (including a college student in Rang De Basanti and 3 Idiots) plays a character closer to his actual age, with graying hair, in this movie.

Aamir Khan is such a big name in India that he could not go in and out of the house that the shoot was taking place, in without arousing huge public interest. So he and his wife Kiran Rao, who is also the director, actually stayed in the same house for the entire duration of the shoot.

The movie uses two Hindustani classical renditions. One is Siddheshwari Devi's dadra "Paani bharan aaye" in Raag Khamaj. The second one is Begum Akhtar's rainsong thumri "Ab ke saawan" in Raag Tilak Kamod which blends beautifully in the backdrop of Mumbai monsoons.

In one of the scenes, CD cover of Pink Floyd's The Divison Bell album can be seen pinned to a soft board.

This was cited to be the first Indian film to release without an intermission. Surprisingly, the Aamir Khan production, Delhi Belly, which released in the same year followed the no intermission run.