Dhobi Ghat - External Reviews

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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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57 reviewers have given Dhobi Ghat an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

36 yays
5 nays
16 so-so

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Thumbs up by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review ...Recommended!... full review

So-So by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha ...Dhobi Ghat is like reading a book that leaves you somewhat intrigued and somewhat confused with its story, language and build up.Dhobi Ghat is like reading a book that leaves you somewhat intrigued and somewhat confused with its story, language and build up.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...It’s surely not a film for the suckers of speed - the folks who trip on imaginative shot compositions, slick editing, brisk pace punctuated with quip-heavy dialogues and more such screenplay-savvy gimmickry.... full review

Thumbs up bigoye.com ...Kiran Rao has delivered a unique cinematic experience and she is one filmmaker who slips into the top slot with her maiden venture.... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...With just four players, she attempts to communicate an impression of the teeming symphony that is Mumbai, and she follows the path trodden by recent first-time female filmmakers like Nandita Das and Zoya Akhtar... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...if you are an avid fan of WORLD CINEMA then DHOBI GHAAT may turn out to be just an OK or above average film in the end... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...DHOBI GHAT catapults Kiran Rao alongside the likes of accomplished storytellers like Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta with her intensely intelligent script.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Mantra ...‘Dhobi Ghat’ is a step forward to bring the parallel cinema to the mainstream. As all new transition takes time, this type of films will also take their own suitable time to impress their audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...But it’s not the story you’re looking for in this film. It’s the soul of the characters and their realistic and close to life appeal that keeps you captivated. ... full review

Thumbs down by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...The whole deal of three or four characters whose lives collide and alter the course of their very existence has been done to death and Rao’s film does have a big Inarritu hangover.... full review

So-So by Bollyfan, Cinemaa Online ...Aamir delivers one of his best performances to date, his body language, facial expressions and eyes speaking volumes. Though he’s discernibly ill-at-ease with the English dialogue, the lack of self-confidence glaring.... full review

So-So by Vikramjit, Desi Martini ...If a film resembles the mind of a maker, Kiran Rao's must be a half painted canvas, showing the brightest of colors but never giving you the complete picture.... full review

Thumbs up by Manu Agrawal, Desi Martini ...Prateik was amazing as a passionate youngster falling in love, while Monica sizzled as the innocent seductress. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini ...Kiran Rao s direction is like meditation. Calm, composed and exploring moments like Arun adding rain water in his whisky or Yasmin writing a name on the sand which the waves keep on erasing all the time. ... full review

Thumbs up by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini ...Not too long and neither too short to leave the mystery unsolved, Dhobi Ghat is still director and writer Kiran Rao's good attempt at first shot.... full review

So-So by Gaurav Gadre, Desi Martini ...Monica Dogra as Shai was better than most of the other over rated star kids in the industry.... full review

Thumbs up by Rhea Srivastava, Desi Martini ...Kriti Malhotra's track, the only one which isn't directly related to any other, is yet the most moving because of her ease with the camera, literally.... full review

Thumbs down by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...Singer-turned-actress Dogra is a natural and complements Babbar well. We’d definitely like to see more of the multi-talented Dogra. ... full review

Thumbs up Dunkdaft ...If you love the city of Mumbai - this one is a must watch.... full review

Thumbs down by Mansi, Everything Movies ...It wasn't just me fidgety and cringing in my seat. I could hear people behind me whispering, '15 more minutes to go,' and comments which, honestly, were more entertaining than the dialogues. ... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Even with Aamir Khan sticking out with his confused what-to-do demeanor, and its self-conscious artiness, the film is worth a look for the charm of the other actors and the inexorable beauty-in-ugliness (shot with love by Tushar Kanti Ray), of the city. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...Aamir Khan as Arun the painter brings a presence to the film that is reassuring.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, Filmfare ...Kittu Gidwani and others provide able support to the main cast of the flick. ... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...And then, of course, there's Aamir Khan, not saying a lot, but lending a whole lot of body to a film that otherwise tends to slip into gimmicky-arty mode.... full review

So-So by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...The camera angles, busy streets and festive fervour of the pulsating city, are efficiently showcased on celluloid.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya solgama, Gomolo.in ...Prateik marked her debut in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, he has done a good job out here too, but still has to learn more in this field. His natural instincts are good and manage to leave a mark in the climax shot.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Director Kiran Rao makes some interesting points, but there are a few things that just don’t work. The overuse of coincidence, for one.... full review

Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ... Some directors use sledgehammers to make their point. Others use a scalpel. Well, welcome the scalpel. ... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Her drawing of Arun aka Aamir, who claims he had to fight for the part, is ironically the weakest strand. ... full review

So-So by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...Masses may avoid; classes may go for a different experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The film’s narrator is Yasmin, who has an overawed, and often poetic, point of view of the city—its rain, filth, the sea and throbbing human convergences.... full review

Thumbs up by Sarita Tanwar, MiD DAY ...Viewers will go in expecting a certain kind of a film -- what with Aamir Khan in it -- and might feel they haven't got their money's worth.... full review

So-So Mixed Bag ...Gustavo Santaoalla’s music was intertwined carefully in the movie with one dhobi and too many ghats and the background score quite well complemented the backdrop of Mumbai. Slow and addictive. ... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Beautiful Portrait, Inspiring Cinema ... full review

So-So by Raj Narayan, MSN Entertainment ...Good production values, decent actors, a nuanced director for the future, haunting music. Now, if only someone had tried to weave in some drama and tried to tell a story.... full review

Thumbs down by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...Since the slice-of-life film neither has an interval nor any discernible plot, you are by now squirming as the slim story loops around itself.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Rao also observes human behavior keenly... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...Do not expect to see an Aamir Khan entertainer. Go only if you have an appetite for such cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Satyen K. Bordoloi, Now Running.com ...a stunning debut ... full review

Thumbs up by Aseem Chhabra, Outlook India ...Dhobi Ghat has a sad soul, but it is a very satisfying film-going experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...Background score by Gustavo Santaolalla is outstanding in its support of a film that tells a large part of its story visually and moves at a reflective pace... full review

Thumbs up by Magik, Passion for Cinema ...The last time I remember feeling so hysterical after watching a film was Pankaj Sir’s ‘Sankat City’ (May his soul rest in peace). ... full review

Thumbs up by Lidia Ostepeev, Planet Bollywood ...Although Khan gives a contained and understated performance, he is just too emphatic a presence. It’s hard to suspend disbelief when you have megawatt star power blazing in front of you. Instead of getting lost in his character, I found myself thinking about the actor and how different this role is from his previous ones. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...She clearly cares for her characters and has a massive crush on Bombay, her leading lady. Yet her lovesong, however earnest, just doesn't sound good enough.... full review

Thumbs up by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...Rao captures this and so many other myriad hues of the city marvellously in her directorial debut, a deeply insightful portrait of four individuals who find and lose love and deal with loneliness in Mumbai.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...By the way, the Muslim haseena inscribes her name in sand in Urdu but writes in Hindi on the tapes. A linguist scholar, maybe.... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...The background music is perfect for the movie and the fact that there was no interval really works. It keeps you hooked.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...You have delicious moments like street children dancing an impromptu jig on seeing her camera, or a housemaid captured reluctantly on tape with her educated daughter reciting Tennyson. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...the director succeeds in delivering well-founded characters in a good plot and script. The canvas looks real and that's a director's job well done... full review

So-So by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Aamir Khan gets into the skin of his loner painter character beautifully. He leaves his superstar aura behind and makes Arun very real... full review

Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...I normally do not review Aamir Khan movies, because I know the movie will be awesome and it’s a waste of my ticket money to see movies that are destined to be epic ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...a compelling picture of urban angst that has become the hallmark of big city life.... full review

Thumbs up by filmbear, Upper Stall ...Given this, it’s frustrating to stare at the loose ends... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...Watching a 95-minute-break-free movie (no interval here!) means a break from munching, slurping and burping (unless you stock up before you enter the screen). But for Dhobi Ghat, unfortunately, this undivided attention was completely undeserved.... full review

Thumbs up by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...Kiran handles Yasmin with rare craftsmanship and it's her story that stays with you even after you have left the theatre, almost like Satyajit Ray's handling of Charulata's boredom and heartache. ... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...Amidst the ocean of humanity in a city that is known for its cosmopolitanism, the four actors portray characters that are nothing but real. ... full review