Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dhobi Ghat -

Good movie overall, it starts a bit slowly, and takes some getting used to, but by the end its a pretty rewarding experiance.

It follows the lives of different people in bombay, the spaces and relationships they negotiate, follow, learn.

People, all of whom have come from somewhere 'else'. The painter living alone, who's following the life of the previous tenant. Where did she go.. ? The banker type, who's just here on a sabbatical from abroad. She's following him, and the city, in search of love? The dhobi, who came there as a little kid, and is young enough to dream of making it big.. whose life intersects many people.

The movie is full of little nuances, and little observed facts which make a must watch.

The one rather jarring bit, is Amir Khan, in a surprisingly bad performance. Yes, its not a very well etched character, and yes perhaps this is not his forte, but still, there was something very very contrived and over the top about him. Otherwise the acting is decent overall. Prateik is very good, so there's something to look forward there. As an aside, I should eat my words about Amir always adding populism, in this one I guess he bowed to his wife!

Final warning - yes it is a very arty-slow movie, no pretensions of even trying to appeal to all. So yes, target audience is small, and a majority of people will not like it.

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