MUMBAI DIARIES

Thursday, December 08 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 
A PORTRAIT OF MUMBAI

MUMBAI DIARIES

SYNOPSIS
The story of four people from very different backgrounds, whose worlds intersect and leave them forever altered. As they find themselves drawn into compelling relationships, the city finds its way into the crevices of their lives, separating them even as it brings them closer…
 
JOY’S REVIEW
This is a movie that sort of makes you like it.  It’s a bit amateurish at the beginning, including the lead actress who you feel needs a couple more acting lessons. An Indian working in an American bank takes a sabbatical to pursue her passion which is photography, but she later switches from photography to video, so I’m not sure exactly what that means, and lives in impossibly posh circumstances.  She goes to an art gallery and meets a very sullen artist and has a one night stand with him, then gets dumped. The link between the beautiful woman and the artist is Dhobi, who is basically the guy who does the laundry. He’s clearly from a lower caste, as well as lower class family and he falls madly in love with her, but she views him only as a good buddy. She’s willing to take some beefcake shots of his handsomeness, so he can try to get a shot at the movies. I suppose romance on different levels ensues. There’s enough sort of richness to the pictures and to the story to sort of keep you involved. In the hands of somebody a little more sophisticated, the film may have lost some of it’s charm but it also may have been a little more coherent.  But I still give it three stars.
 
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