Mumbai Diaries

January 20th, 2011


Mumbai Diaries

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The lives of four people intersect in Mumbai: a washer-man who wants to become an actor, a banker-turned-photographer, a painter looking for inspiration, and a newly-married immigrant who journals her experiences on home video.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.2/10 (4,054 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Kiran Rao

Stars: Aamir Khan, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra

The lives of 4 different people in the city of Mumbai get entwined by fate and luck; Shai - an investment banker with a penchant for photography, Arun - a lonely painter, Munna - the "dhobi" who aspires to become an actor and Yasmin - making a video in her camcorder for her brother, who hasn't been to Mumbai before. The film follows how their lives are changed by the presence of one another. Will it be for better or for worse?

Aamir Khan - Arun
Monica Dogra - Shai
Kriti Malhotra - Yasmin
Prateik - Munna (as Prateik Babbar)
Aasha Pawar - Latabai
Jyoti Pawar - Vanitha
Norma Lobo - Agnes
Rashid - Liftman
Babita Sehgal - Munna's Client
Kitu Gidwani - Vatsala
Danish Hussain - Salim
Jehan Manekshaw - Pesi
Jitendra Shinde - Karim
Sanjivani Oagle - Neighbour
Nafisa Amin Khan - Amma


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 20 January 2011

Filming Locations: Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Box Office Details

Budget: INR 110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $365,297 (USA) (23 January 2011) (78 Screens)

Gross: $576,639 (USA) (13 February 2011)

Did You Know?

Aamir Khan, who is known to have played characters that are almost half his actual age (including a college student in Rang De Basanti and 3 Idiots) plays a character closer to his actual age, with graying hair, in this movie.

User Review

Prateik is great!! ... thats all there is...

Rating: 1/10

Not much of a story. It revolves around four persons. If you are bored from the movies-for-non-intellectuals (viz, Dabang, TMK..), then this one is also not for you; as it involves poor direction and lack of soul.

The main characters: Munna (Muslim Clothes washer), Shai (banker) , Yasmin(Married-Muslim Girl) & Arun (Painter). I think Arun & Shai too are Muslim. MUMBAI DIARIES is a misleading title, as it involves only Muslims.

The Narrative is juggling all throughout with recent past & the present. Their is an aunt in Arun's neighboring apartment who is symbolized as Mumbai; always observing, yet non-participating.

I was kinda freaked by the Rat killing scene. It was gross and worst part was that it was prateik doing it. I don't like cute people doing nasty things.

All the girls who loved Prateik Babbar in 'Jaane tu ya jaane na', will definitely like him in this movie. Actually, I went to see its screening only for him. All the audience was so blown out by his performance. This movie's fate at box-office is highly dependent on Prateik's immensely intuitive acting, which has not much room for it to get better..

It was a good idea of director, to rope in her husband in order to promote the movie. Everyone anticipates the movie to be good & perfect if Aamir is in it. But, I'm sure the viewers are gonna be disappointed.

If you love Prateik, go for it. But, if you seek a beautiful performance by cast or an intelligent script then i would say a definite no.


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