Directed by Kiran Rao
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) Movie Runtime – 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) Critics Rating – 6.5/10
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Taran Adarsh (BollywoodHungama.com) 4/5
On the whole, DHOBI GHAT is an imposing and vibrant cinematic portrait, appending itself to the new wave of independent Indian cinema which I am extremely pleased to applaud. It is art house cinema with European sensibilities, embellished with a well thought out story that’s devoid of cliches. This ingenious motion picture caters more to the intelligentsia and connoisseurs of world cinema and will therefore garner more patronage and benefaction from the metropolitan audience in India chiefly and global spectators predominantly.
Sonil Dedhia (Rediff) 3/5
Kiran Rao has tried to be as realistic as possible, and that’s the USP of the film. Her choice of subject and handling is one of the reasons that makes this film watchable. Dhobi Ghat is sure to find a niche audience and will be a hit in festival circuits. Being a Mumbai-centric film, it may connect with the audience in the city. But it needs to be seen whether it will find takers in other parts of the country.
Khalid Mohamed (PassionForCinema.com) 2.5/5
Kiran Rao’s first feature film is uneven, particularly in the writing. It’s neither totally impressive nor totally dismissable. Should you see Dhobi Ghat, then? Yes, if only to get away from the washing machine.
Kaveree Bamzai (India Today) 4/5
Rao’s film is like fresh air, as elusive in Mumbai’s leaky chawls as in its smoky drawing rooms. Some directors use sledgehammers to make their point. Others use a scalpel. Well, welcome the scalpel.
Rajeev Masand (CNN-IBN) 3/5
‘Dhobi Ghat’ is occasionally indulgent and moves at a glacial pace. Yet Rao creates some endearing characters, and embraces Mumbai despite its dichotomies. The result is a film that slowly grows on you. If you have an open mind and an appetite for the experimental, take a bite out of this one.
Baradwaj Rangan (Blogical Conclusion) 5/5
Forget the rangy big points. It’s the sculpted small-moment that marks this elegant elegy to Mumbai.
Nikhat Kazmi (The Times of India) 4/5
A lyrical ode to the modern malady — metro-eccentricity — Dhobi Ghat is intelligent and artistic cinema.
Dhobi Ghat has a sad soul, but it is a very satisfying film-going experience.
Sarita Tanwar (Mid-Day India) 3.5/5
Dhobi Ghat is Unusual, but definitely worth watching, it is mature, open-minded and thought-provoking.
Minty Tejpal (Mumbai Mirror) 2/5
Despite the slick, haunting promos and coordinated media build up, Dhobi Ghat strictly remains an art house film with limited appeal, and its subtitle, Mumbai Diaries, captures the genre of the film correctly.
Sonia Chopra (Sify Movies) 3.5/5
Kiran Rao’s directorial debut is immersing, throbbing and full of life. Don’t expect a commercial entertainer, this isn’t one.
Subhash K. Jha (IBOS Network) 4.5/5
Dhobi Ghat is like that rich tapestried melody whose metre and rhythm you cannot ever forget even though the lines may be forgotten. A nostalgic elegiac enigmatic journey into the heart and soul of Bombay before the city became Mumbai it’s a splendid slice-of-life film with no camera consciousness visible in any of the characters. This is cinema at its purest shot in places where cameras are not allowed.
Mayank Shekhar (Hindustan Times) 3.5/5
This film is first-rate tribute; it’s visceral, I realise — both clichés for compliments. Nothing more appropriate comes to mind.
Raja Sen (Rediff) 2.5/5
The film comes across as earnest but hollow
Anupama Chopra (NDTVMovies.com) 3/5
Dhobi Ghat is an acquired taste. Either the film will sink into your skin like a slow ache or it will be bewildering and downright boring.
Blessy Chettiar (DNA India) 2/5
Despite refreshing performances, Dhobi Ghat is a letdown
Pankaj Sabnani (Glamsham.com) 2.5/5
DHOBI GHAT is surely a different and brave step in Indian cinema; but not exactly a pleasing one.
K.K Rai (Stardust India) 3/5
The movie belongs to intelligentsia with its storyline based on the city of Mumbai. The film will find many takers at the multiplexes of metros and is likely to be patronized by those who relish world cinema more than anything else. A brilliant flick from Kiran Rao.
Komal Nahta (KoiMoi.com) 1/5
Dhobi Ghat is a gentry film for a very select audience which likes festival films. It will have to rely on Aamir Khan’s presence in its cast and the Republic Day holiday mid-week to take its collections to a somewhat respectable level.
Satyen K. Bordoloi (NowRunning.com) 4/5
Every year literally hundreds of thousands throng to the city of dreams, Mumbai. To cover so many dreams in a small span of an-hour-and-a-half calls for some brilliant filmmaking. And watching “Dhobi Ghat” will make you realise that there indeed have been very few debuts as stunning as this one.
Sukanya Venkatraghavan (Filmfare) 3/5
Dhobi Ghat is a bright little postcard that will hold your attention for a few seconds and make you smile. And it’s a moody painting that will entice you to linger and stare and stay with you forever. Either ways it’s made of the stuff that makes life what it is. Down to the last intriguing detail.
Shubhra Gupta (Indian Express) 2.5/5
`Dhobi Ghat’ is a strangely uneven film. Its beginning feels amateurishly put together ; as it heads onwards, though, it finds an easy, flowing rhythm with just the occasional stutter.
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