I am not sure if Dhobi Ghaat is an apt title for this movie, just 'Mumbai Diaries' would have worked better for me. Or maybe 'Bombay Diaries' since no one in the movie refers to the city as Mumbai anyway, not that I am complaining.
Most of our movie experiences depend on two factors - our expectations from the movie and our mood while watching it. This is one movie where these factors become crucial, really crucial. Most of the people watching the movie with me (not just my gang, the entire hall) did not like the movie and were pretty vocal about it (sadly during the movie also), I enjoyed it. This is one movie which wants you to let it be, had no pretensions of being conventionally engaging, does not offer any sort of closure for any of the lead characters, does not have any larger than life characters and does not have any item song (shudder!!!).
Yet it is engaging and interesting, makes you think enough for it to be called smart, and is funny and endearing in enough …
'Road to Sangam' is a movie that was on my watch-list for a long time now, but somehow I never got a chance to see it, not least because it did not get a major release. Thanks to the Fremont Main Library that had a DVD, and to the lazy Saturday morning, I finally got to see it.
I have been watching a lot of movies that I could not catch up on when they released, and quite a few of the recently watched ones had Paresh Rawal in them - and I am in awe of the man now. I will do a separate Paresh Rawal post soon and so here I will keep my awe in check :)
'Road to Sangam' is the story of a simple man who is caught between the turmoil of his times. How he chooses to fight being a part of the herd and follow his heart, is what the film tries to depict, and it does a very good job of it
Paresh Rawal is Hasmat Bhai, the most well-written character and the protagonist of the movie, an expert motor-mechanic and a devout muslim. He lives a non-confrontational life and goes about his j…