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‘Dhobi Ghat could have been anywhere’

‘Dhobi Ghat could have been anywhere’
Kiran Rao, Pratiek Babbar and the casting crew of the film, Mumbai Diaries, flew to the capital for an interaction at the 12th Osian Film Festival on Tuesday.

The discussion began with the title, Mumbai Diaries. ‘If is was not for the convenience of the international audience I would still call it Dhobi Ghat or Bombay Dairies. And , yes there is also reason for not calling it Bombay. I didn’t want the unnecessary difficulties that would add up to for using the name Bombay,’ explained Rao.

Coming from Kolkata herself, filmmaker Kiran Rao, wove the story of Dhobi Ghat in the lines of the immigrants coming to city of dreams. ‘This movie is an ode to Mumbai, my experience of living in the city. Every character in the movie lies in the periphery of the society and each one of them is a stranger in their own society,' said Rao.

Kiran also said that this movie could have been made in any city in India, because like Mumbai, the metropolitan cities in India each have a different charm of their own, but somewhere the people living there undergo the same level of alienation and feel the same need to reconnect.
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