Interview: Director Kiran Rao (grew up in Kolkata) on Dhobi Ghat: Everyone is forced to rub up against each other and that is

After working for several years as a producer and assistant director, Rao has made her directorial debut with Dhobi Ghat, a film about the intersecting lives of four characters from different social backgrounds in Mumbai.

Rao describes the film as her homage to the city and cites Wong Kar-wai and Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang’s Vive L’Amour as influences. The four characters are played by Rao’s husband, Bollywood star Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar and newcomers Monica Dogra and Kriti Malhotra. The film’s music was composed by Argentinean musician Gustavo Santaolalla who won Oscars for Babel and Brokeback Mountain.

Rao grew up in Calcutta, studied film in Delhi and worked as an assistant director on films such as Lagaan and Monsoon Wedding. With her husband she produced Taare Zameen Par,Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Peepli Live, which Artificial Eye will release in the UK on September 24.

UTV Motion Pictures is handling sales of Dhobi Ghat at Toronto and the producers are also in talks with further distribution partners.

- Read the complete interview at Screen