Dhobi Ghat - Notepad

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It's different, it's sincere, it's inconclusive, it's abstract in its own way. It's intriguing and it leaves you dissatisfied. It has brilliant performances along with some bits of Aamir Khan being Aamir Khan. It is a mellow affair that's soothing yet unnerving.

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Plot Summary

A story that connects a slum dweller with larger-than-life aspirations (Munna - Prateik), an NRI poking around the slums (Shai - Monica Dogra), an artist with an attitude (Arun - Aamir Khan), and an unsuspecting immigrant who is trying to figure the city out (Yasmeen - Kriti Malhotra).

What Worked

  • Aamir Khan's character Arun, like him in real life, doesn't like public appearances. :)
  • The tribute paid to people from all over India who made Mumbai
  • The first exchange between Shai and Munna
  • The comment on our education system that just has her learn by rote rather than understand what we read.
  • Yasmeen's last scene - it was almost as if she were speaking and apologizing to Arun
  • Prateik's last action. That one little thing said so many things!

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Prateik's desparate attempt to droop his shoulders to show Munna's submissive nature.
  • An NRI sees the world in B&W - was there an attempt to say that?