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Dhobi Ghat

 

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  • Release Date 21/01/2011
  • Distributor  Other 
  • Language  Hindi 
  • Genre  Other 
  • Studio  Other 
  • Country  India 
  • Produced By Aamir Khan  Kiran Rao 
  • Director  Kiran Rao 
  • Star Prateik Babbar  Aamir Khan 
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    The film begins with a woman shooting what appears to be tourist video of Mumbai. In the next scene, Arun (Aamir Khan), a reclusive modern art painter, is looking for a new house to shift into. He is seen with a real-estate agent, and finally decides upon a particular home in the older part of Mumbai. Arun is introduced to his landlady, an old woman who does not speak and who seems to have an expression of deep sadness on her face.

    Later, Arun attends an art exhibition featuring his works. At the exhibition is Shai (Monica Dogra), an American investment banker who is on a sabbatical from her work and has come to Mumbai to research traditional occupations, business prospects in South Asia and to generally devote time to her hobby, photography. There, she meets Arun and the two get along well. Arun takes Shai to his home, where they have a one-night stand. The next morning, Arun apologizes for making the incident seem to be "more than a relationship", at which Shai gets angry and storms out of the apartment.

    Just after Shai leaves, Munna (Prateik Babbar) delivers Arun's laundry to him. Munna is a 'dhobi'- a washerman, who dreams about getting a break in Bollywood as an actor. He is a migrant from Bihar, and lives in a slum near the railway tracks. Arun informs Munna that he is changing his house.

    The next day, Arun moves into his new apartment. While he is unpacking his things into the cupboards, he finds a small container which had been left by the previous tenants of the apartment. He opens the bag which contains a silver chain, a ring and three video tapes. The tapes are labeled "First Letter", "Second Letter" and "Third Letter" by Yasmin Noor. In the evening, Arun plays a part of the "First Letter". The tapes turn out to be recordings of Yasmin communicating with her brother through video tapes (as in the opening of the movie). In the tape, Yasmin is generally happy, and shows herself, her husband and her apartment, which is the same as the one Arun is occupying now.

    The next morning, Arun is informed by his manager Vatsala (Kitu Gidwani) that his work has received praise from certain corporates, who have decided to open an art gallery in Sydney featuring his works. Arun is greatly surprised and pleased by this news, as this will be his first international exhibition. This also gives him a chance to visit his divorced wife and children, who have settled in Australia. In view of this new exhibition, he begins work on a new painting.

    It turns out that Munna also delivers laundry to Shai's house. Their first meeting is not friendly because of Shai's bad mood over Arun, but she tries to make up for it later when she sees Munna with some of his friends at a theater. Soon, they grow to become good friends, and Munna agrees to show Shai around the city of Mumbai, and help her gather photographs about the occupations of the poor. In return, Shai agrees to shoot a portfolio of Munna so as to help him get into the film industry.

    As the film progresses, Arun sees more and more of Yasmin's tapes and learns about her life. It is revealed that Yasmin is from Uttar Pradesh, and has recently married a man who seems distant.

    Shai finds out that Munna also delivers laundry to Arun, and obtains his new address from him. One night, she goes to the road where Arun lives, but remains in her car to see if Arun comes out. She reveals to an accompanying friend that she hasn't completely lost interest in Arun, and feels that there is some "unfinished business". Shai wishes to be close to Arun, and so she rents a house opposite to Arun's from where she can have a clear view of Arun's house and of whatever he does inside. Arun, however, is unaware of this.

    Arun's painting starts taking shape, and he continues seeing Yasmin's tapes. Meanwhile, Munna is still struggling to find work in the industry. To earn a living, he washes clothes by day and kills rats by night. He disapproves of his brother's illegal ways of earning fast cash, and prefers to have an honest job. However, they both are very close and Munna's brother uses his underworld contacts to try get Munna a break in the industry. Subsequently, he receives the photos of his portfolio from Shai, and thinks of sending them to a producer whom his brother contacted. During all this, Munna has been showing Shai the different facets of Mumbai - it's labourers, the shoe polishers, the fish markets, and Dhobi Ghaat (where Munna works). As time goes by, Munna develops feelings for Shai but is unable to express them, partly because of his shyness and partly because of his low stature in life. Shai's housekeeper also advices Shai to keep away from Munna.

    The next day, Shai is returning to her apartment when she suddenly sees Arun walking towards her. In spite of a hurried attempt to hide herself, Arun finds her and invites her to his house. There, he again apologizes to Shai about that night, and they again reaffirm their friendship. At that moment, Munna arrives to deliver the laundry and sees them together. Mistaking the situation, he becomes dejected and feels betrayed. However, Shai rushes back to him, understanding that he was unpleasantly surprised, and reassures him to keep helping her out. Munna finally agrees.

    On the day when Munna is to visit the producer, a man arrives at the producer's office and tells Munna's brother that the "Boss" is calling him for dinner, and may offer a promotion. There is a veiled threat in the proposition, clearly signalling that this was not a request. They scrap the plans to visit the producer that day, and Munna goes back to kill rats. However, Shai, who is still continuing her photography, sees Munna. The latter becomes frightened and runs away from her.

    Meanwhile, Arun watches the final video left by Yasmin in his apartment. It is immediately evident that her tone has changed. In the previous tape, Yasmin had disclosed her discovery of her husband's extramarital affair. She states that she has tried her best and gives their parents her regards, strongly indicating that the tape's purpose was her suicide note. Arun becomes disoriented by the thought of Yasmin's possible demise within that very room and immediately seeks a new apartment.

    Meanwhile, Munna is alerted that his brother has been caught in the crossfire between two gangs and is now dead. Under the direction of his brother's gang, Munna and his family relocate to a flat in Mumbai. Munna seeks help from the producer his brother knew in hopes of getting a small acting role to allow him to support his family.

    Once settled in his new apartment, Arun studies the painting he has been working on, which is now complete. Yasmin is prominently featured along with other emblems of her life left behind.

    Shortly thereafter, Shai finds Munna at the dhobi ghat. Upon seeing her, Munna runs away again. He stumbles into another dhobi, allowing Shai to confront him. Munna reveals his brother's recent passing, and Shai is compelled to comfort him as a friend. At this point, Munna confronts Shai about her relationship with Arun, strongly hinting that Arun may soon reunite with his ex-wife and son in Sydney. They exchange an abrupt farewell before Shai returns to her car.

    Moments later, Munna is overcome by emotion and starts running after Shai's car, weaving through the chaotic traffic. The film ends with Munna handing Arun's new apartment address to Shai, who is left speechless as the car rolls onward.
    The film begins with a woman shooting what appears to be tourist video of Mumbai. In the next scene, Arun (Aamir Khan), a reclusive modern art painter, is looking for a new house to shift into. He is seen with a real-estate agent, and finally decides upon a particular home in the older part of Mumbai. Arun is introduced to his landlady, an old woman who does not speak and who seems to have an expression of deep sadness on her face.

    Later, Arun attends an art exhibition featuring his works. At the exhibition is Shai (Monica Dogra), an American investment banker who is on a sabbatical from her work and has come to Mumbai to research traditional occupations, business prospects in South Asia and to generally devote time to her hobby, photography. There, she meets Arun and the two get along well. Arun takes Shai to his home, where they have a one-night stand. The next morning, Arun apologizes for making the incident seem to be "more than a relationship", at which Shai gets angry and storms out of the apartment.

    Just after Shai leaves, Munna (Prateik Babbar) delivers Arun's laundry to him. Munna is a 'dhobi'- a washerman, who dreams about getting a break in Bollywood as an actor. He is a migrant from Bihar, and lives in a slum near the railway tracks. Arun informs Munna that he is changing his house.

    The next day, Arun moves into his new apartment. While he is unpacking his things into the cupboards, he finds a small container which had been left by the previous tenants of the apartment. He opens the bag which contains a silver chain, a ring and three video tapes. The tapes are labeled "First Letter", "Second Letter" and "Third Letter" by Yasmin Noor. In the evening, Arun plays a part of the "First Letter". The tapes turn out to be recordings of Yasmin communicating with her brother through video tapes (as in the opening of the movie). In the tape, Yasmin is generally happy, and shows herself, her husband and her apartment, which is the same as the one Arun is occupying now.

    The next morning, Arun is informed by his manager Vatsala (Kitu Gidwani) that his work has received praise from certain corporates, who have decided to open an art gallery in Sydney featuring his works. Arun is greatly surprised and pleased by this news, as this will be his first international exhibition. This also gives him a chance to visit his divorced wife and children, who have settled in Australia. In view of this new exhibition, he begins work on a new painting.

    It turns out that Munna also delivers laundry to Shai's house. Their first meeting is not friendly because of Shai's bad mood over Arun, but she tries to make up for it later when she sees Munna with some of his friends at a theater. Soon, they grow to become good friends, and Munna agrees to show Shai around the city of Mumbai, and help her gather photographs about the occupations of the poor. In return, Shai agrees to shoot a portfolio of Munna so as to help him get into the film industry.

    As the film progresses, Arun sees more and more of Yasmin's tapes and learns about her life. It is revealed that Yasmin is from Uttar Pradesh, and has recently married a man who seems distant.

    Shai finds out that Munna also delivers laundry to Arun, and obtains his new address from him. One night, she goes to the road where Arun lives, but remains in her car to see if Arun comes out. She reveals to an accompanying friend that she hasn't completely lost interest in Arun, and feels that there is some "unfinished business". Shai wishes to be close to Arun, and so she rents a house opposite to Arun's from where she can have a clear view of Arun's house and of whatever he does inside. Arun, however, is unaware of this.

    Arun's painting starts taking shape, and he continues seeing Yasmin's tapes. Meanwhile, Munna is still struggling to find work in the industry. To earn a living, he washes clothes by day and kills rats by night. He disapproves of his brother's illegal ways of earning fast cash, and prefers to have an honest job. However, they both are very close and Munna's brother uses his underworld contacts to try get Munna a break in the industry. Subsequently, he receives the photos of his portfolio from Shai, and thinks of sending them to a producer whom his brother contacted. During all this, Munna has been showing Shai the different facets of Mumbai - it's labourers, the shoe polishers, the fish markets, and Dhobi Ghaat (where Munna works). As time goes by, Munna develops feelings for Shai but is unable to express them, partly because of his shyness and partly because of his low stature in life. Shai's housekeeper also advices Shai to keep away from Munna.

    The next day, Shai is returning to her apartment when she suddenly sees Arun walking towards her. In spite of a hurried attempt to hide herself, Arun finds her and invites her to his house. There, he again apologizes to Shai about that night, and they again reaffirm their friendship. At that moment, Munna arrives to deliver the laundry and sees them together. Mistaking the situation, he becomes dejected and feels betrayed. However, Shai rushes back to him, understanding that he was unpleasantly surprised, and reassures him to keep helping her out. Munna finally agrees.

    On the day when Munna is to visit the producer, a man arrives at the producer's office and tells Munna's brother that the "Boss" is calling him for dinner, and may offer a promotion. There is a veiled threat in the proposition, clearly signalling that this was not a request. They scrap the plans to visit the producer that day, and Munna goes back to kill rats. However, Shai, who is still continuing her photography, sees Munna. The latter becomes frightened and runs away from her.

    Meanwhile, Arun watches the final video left by Yasmin in his apartment. It is immediately evident that her tone has changed. In the previous tape, Yasmin had disclosed her discovery of her husband's extramarital affair. She states that she has tried her best and gives their parents her regards, strongly indicating that the tape's purpose was her suicide note. Arun becomes disoriented by the thought of Yasmin's possible demise within that very room and immediately seeks a new apartment.

    Meanwhile, Munna is alerted that his brother has been caught in the crossfire between two gangs and is now dead. Under the direction of his brother's gang, Munna and his family relocate to a flat in Mumbai. Munna seeks help from the producer his brother knew in hopes of getting a small acting role to allow him to support his family.

    Once settled in his new apartment, Arun studies the painting he has been working on, which is now complete. Yasmin is prominently featured along with other emblems of her life left behind.

    Shortly thereafter, Shai finds Munna at the dhobi ghat. Upon seeing her, Munna runs away again. He stumbles into another dhobi, allowing Shai to confront him. Munna reveals his brother's recent passing, and Shai is compelled to comfort him as a friend. At this point, Munna confronts Shai about her relationship with Arun, strongly hinting that Arun may soon reunite with his ex-wife and son in Sydney. They exchange an abrupt farewell before Shai returns to her car.

    Moments later, Munna is overcome by emotion and starts running after Shai's car, weaving through the chaotic traffic. The film ends with Munna handing Arun's new apartment address to Shai, who is left speechless as the car rolls onward.


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