Mumbai Diaries
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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 na´ve 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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sex/class conflicts are way too twee."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Ms. Rao does have an ace up her sleeve, though: Prateik, who in his first lead role gives a nuanced, career-making performance."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"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)."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Rao's ultimate achievements are undercut by the arrangement of her characters into narrative castes that cross paths but can't quite connect."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"An odd amalgam of soap opera and street-level realism, with, alas, the former trumping the latter."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Simon Foster,
"This is a wholly accessible story that most filmgoers will find pithy and generally well done."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"An enthralling movie set in Bombay about the dreams and desires of four very different people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[A] satisfying, well-acted drama."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Rao avoids high drama, and while there is humor, the film's tone is one of melancholy."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Sleek, subtle, sensual, a very human time-capsule of now."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, Huffington Post
"Emotive and evocative, it's helped by Gustavo Santaolalla's (Babel) outstanding score."
‑ , Total Film
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