Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) -- Film Review
The city of Mumbai, still called Bombay by many of its denizens, has sat for any number of memorable literary portraits, from Vikram Chandra’s "Sacred Games" and Suketu Mehta’s "Maximum City" to a foreigner’s view in Gregory David Roberts’" Shantaram."
But Kiran Rao’sDhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) is easily one of the most dynamic cinematic portraits of that decaying, vibrant, impossible city ever, a film that considers the city itself as a character and looks closely at how it impacts people from a range of social classes. The film is all the more remarkable since it’s a first feature by Rao, who has worked in the Hindi film industry but never written or directed a film before.
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