It's been a while since a movie made me miss India, but this one did. In Kiran Rao's 2010 directorial debut, the lives of four people intersect across class and caste. An artist, a photographer, a new housewife and a dhobiwalla, along with those close to them or those that serve them, come within each other's orbit in Mumbai for the space of a few months. Arun (Aamir Khan) and Shai (Monica Dogra) are both artists obsessed with uncovering the beauty in the city and people around them. The film's elegant cinematography is a perfect complement to their artistic processes. Yet the film reveals a voyeurism inherent in both their personalities and their work. Shai unhesitatingly pursues Munna (Prateik Babbar as perhaps the hunkiest dhobiwalla ever) to get access to the photography subjects she's interested in. Arun unquestioningly makes the tapes he found in his new apartment, made by Yasmin Noor (Kriti Malhotra), the centerpiece of his art. He watches and paints as Yasmin's story unfolds.
|Munna and Shai|
A beautiful, symmetrical, and touching view of four lonely individuals looking for human connection and meaning in Mumbai.