Aamir Khan’s fans must be on high as once again the veteran actor is ready with his latest project ‘Dhobi Ghat’ which is no exception to the last ventures of Aamir where he produces social dramas for his audiences. Directed by his director wife Kiran Rao, this movie is a story of four people who hail from different background. Their worlds are different and intersecting. Once they meet each other, their entire life changes. They all feel themselves drawn to compelling relationships where they try to separate from each other only to come closer.
The direction and presentation of the film is different in the way that fragments of experiences of these four character is seen through a naïve video diary, paintings, monochromic photographic images. These characters experience many emotions like longing, pain, love, loss, happiness and loneliness and this journey of emotions alter their worlds.
The story of the film goes like this – an amateur video is being shot in the grey city of Mumbai as heavy rains are pouring in the city. A shy girl Yasmin is sitting on the back seat of a cab when the cab driver strikes a conversation with her. In their course of conversation they discover that they both come from neighboring towns back in Uttar Pradesh. This short and sweet encounter creates a room for belonging.
On the other hand another character Shai, who is an affluent investment banker, meets Arun (our own Aamir Khan), who is a talented painter, at the opening of his new show. They both spend a night together which is inexplicable to Arun and unforgettable for Shai. Next morning they decide to not to meet each other anymore.
Munna is a young and handsome washer man who delivers clothes to Shai. He wishes to be a film actor. When he comes to know about Shai’s passion of photography, he proposes to her to shoot his portfolio and in return he agrees to show her the real city of Mumbai. Shai re-discovers the city through the eyes of Munna and her lens resulting in developing a friendship with him which he considers as love. Meanwhile Arun finds a new flat where he wishes to resume his marooned life but a secret emotion had entered his heart.
How these characters Munna, Arun, Shai, Yasmin and the cab driver deal with their emotions form the rest of the film.
It would be quite interesting to see one more social drama post ‘Peepli Live’ from Aamir’s kitty.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kirti Malhotra, Nafisa Khan, Kitu Gidwani
Director: Kiran Rao
Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla
Release Date: 21 January
Genre: Social drama