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Starring: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra
Direction: Kiran Rao
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla
Production: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan Productions is back again after the critically acclaimed ‘Peepli Live’ in 2010, with their new venture ‘Dhobi Ghat’ due to be released in the Indian theatres on January 21, 2011. Dhobi Ghat is a much-awaited directorial debut of Kiran Rao, wife of Aamir Khan and the co-producer in Aamir Khan Productions. This movie supposedly had its world premiere in September 2010 at the Toronto
  Dhobi Ghat
International Film Festival and also at the London Film Festival in 2010.

Dhobi Ghat is a movie about four characters – Arun (Aamir Khan), Shai (Monica Dogra), Munna (Prateik Babbar) and Yasmin (Kriti Malhotra) and how their lives are inter-twined in spite of the different classes in the society they belong to. Aamir Khan plays the role of a reclusive and lonely modern art painter, Monica Dogra plays the role of an Indian Banker, who is visiting Mumbai, while Prateik Babbar plays a washerman living near Kriti Malhotra’s residence.

Prateik Babbar is the son of late actress Smita Patel and actor/politician Raj Babbar and made his film debut with Aamir Khan Productions ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ as Genelia’s brother and won many laurels for his role. As for the other actors, Kiran Rao has kept it really simple by picking new faces who completely mesh well with the normal girl-next-door characters. To maintain the authenticity of the movie, it is much spoken that Kiran Rao took extreme steps to shoot the movie in the real ‘dhobi ghat’ in Mumbai. Kiran had also shot the movie using the ‘guerilla’ technique and shot the movie at Mahalaxmi, Worli, Chowpatty and Marine Drive among other places to insist on the authenticity. No special sets were constructed for the movie.

While Aamir plays a remorseful painter in this movie, it is rumoured that he was keen on playing the role of Munna, played by Prateik but the director, Kiran Rao was insistent that Aamir play the role of Arun. The real life couple, when asked about their professional chemistry, had to blatantly agree that the initial days were very tough on Aamir when Kiran ignored him completely on the sets and things were back to normal only when Aamir confronted Kiran inside a room that he is not being treated as an actor on the sets. Kiran admitted to her fault and the rest of the shooting went on well for the entire crew.

The background score and 3 songs listed in this movie are by Gustavo Santaolalla and his capturing music for the trailer makes this movie irresistible to wait. The songs of the movie are only included in the film with no CD release. This Argentine musician has done justice to this much-awaited movie for the year 2011.

The much talked about fact about this movie is the editing by Nishant Radhakrishnan. Aamir Khan was found in all the editing sessions with Nishant when Kiran found herself avoided by her editing-absorbed husband. The nail-biting wait is for the theatres to unleash the talents of this new age intellectual couple in Bollywood. Will their intelligence take over our expectations? Will this diary of events of four strangers devour us all? It is just a few days’ wait....
Tags : Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kiran Rao, Gustavo Santaolalla
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