Mumbai Diaries
Mumbai Diaries (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

[A] satisfying, well-acted drama.

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Itrath Syed
Georgia Straight

This is still a love story, both for the city of Mumbai and for the kind of love that is as unaccounted for as it is freely given.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The sex/class conflicts are way too twee.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Ms. Rao does have an ace up her sleeve, though: Prateik, who in his first lead role gives a nuanced, career-making performance.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a refreshing, well-meaning entry in India's new brand of globally savvy cinema, [which] augurs exciting things from [director] Rao and her peers

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

An odd amalgam of soap opera and street-level realism, with, alas, the former trumping the latter.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Simon Foster

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.

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Cynthia S.
Not your usual Bollywood fare. Slow moving, low key, but at the same time intriguing. Excellent acting. Excellent overlapping stories. A very artistic film,… More