Tag: DHOBI GHAT
Every actor worth his grain who may be immensely commercially successful aspires for a film which is critically acclaimed and establishes his or credentials as a performer par excellence. It has been there from the time, cinema made its debut, and the trend continues even to this day. It is more so pertinent in the case of female stars of the present times, who when they start reaching the wrong side of the age yearn and aspire for 'that' film which would become a cult film and establish them as one of the vital signposts in the cinematic oeuvre and history of the country.
One thing is for sure. By defining DHOBI GHAT as MUMBAI DIARIES for the international audience, Kiran Rao has brought into relief one of the very important genres of chronicling and their role in construction, definition and accentuation of social, cultural and political history. DHOBI GHAT has traveled into hitherto unexplored areas of the city called Mumbai and has become another treatise to the experience called Mumbai. Indeed, Mumbai is an experience and Kiran Rao has presented her experience about the city, and has given it another interpretation.
Delhi has set the tone for the new cinematic oeuvre with NO ONE KILLED JESSICA and now it is the turn of Mumbai this week to demonstrate that indeed the middle class that is the vibrant spirit of a city has not been left aside by the cinematic fraternity. Would Kiran Rao's DHOBI GHATbe able to demonstrate once again that indeed Mumbai is the melting pot for the urban development through the ages and it is cinema which forgot to showcase it, rather than the city forgetting its middle class ethos.
Murzbaan Shroff, the writer based in Mumbai would be mightily pleased that the first story in his book BREATHLESS IN BOMBAY also is the name of the directorial debut of Kiran Rao, named as DHOBI GHAT. As Shroff has underlined in the story, DHOBI GHAT, is one of the biggest melting pots of cultural extravaganza in a city called Bombay aka Mumbai where the dirty linen is washed in the public and then packed and consigned to its original owners. DHOBI GHAT is also a microcosm of what city of Mumbai is all about, a platform where the caste and class identities subsume into each other once it picks up the cloth to beat it on the stone slab.