One of the most iconic locations in Mumbai and one of the largest open laundries in the world - the city’s Dhobi Ghat has been the setting for many Bollywood films, including such hits as the Nayak, Ghayal and the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Don.
Now, Dhobi Ghat which has 5000 shanties, is all set for redevelopment and the place will be closed on Friday for the work.
Dhobi Ghat was often the favourite shooting spot for filmmakers, especially for fight and chase sequences. Here, we take a look at some of the iconic ones:
1. Munnabhai MBBS
When Munna (Sanjay Dutt) asks Circuit (Arshad Warsi) to arrange for a body, he is standing at Dhobi Ghat and starts looking for a bag around him. The film released in 2003.
Shootout at Wadala
One of the chase sequences in Shootout at Wadala (2013) was shot in Dhobi Ghat. Anil Kapoor, who played a cop in the movie, is seen chasing a criminal.
Kiran Rao’s first film (2011) was shot in Dhobi Ghat and used the city as one of the main subjects.
Lage Raho Munnabhai
Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi are depressed and spend a night drinking and discussing their failure at securing the house for the elderly in this 2006 film.
Deepika Padukone’s film with Majid Majidi
Recently, some pictures were leaked online showing Deepika at Dhobi Ghat along with Iranian director Majid Majidi. Reports claimed the duo was shooting their next. No official announcement has been made so far.
The redevelopment was first proposed about a decade ago with Lokhandwala Infrastructure originally appointed to undertake the work. But many of the slum-dwellers went to the court against the developer. In one slum pocket, the court ordered a ballot test to decide the fate of the project.
(With inputs from Naresh Kamath, Mumbai )
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