Bollywood actor Aamir Khan would have not dreamt in his wildest dreams that his film title Dhobi Ghat would trouble him but the unexpected happened, as the washermen community is not happy with the use of the word 'Dhobi" which means 'a person who does laundry". So, the actor apologised to the community if he had unintentionally hurt their sentiments.
Aamir said that people in cities don"t understand the negative aspect of caste system in rural areas. He added that he values the emotions of the people but at the cost of his creativity. He went on to say that he realised the genuine view of the community and told them that he wouldn"t have chosen the title if they came up with the complaint a year earlier.
The actor agreed to change the title of the film even though it would cost him huge financial loss but the Akhil Bharatiya Dhobi Mahasangh finally asked him to retain the title, as it refers to a place in Mumbai.
Amit Khatri, General Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Dhobi Mahasangh said that they were worried because people of certain caste are looked down upon in many places but realized on seeing the film that it"s all about the famous Dhobi Ghat place in Mumbai. He added that they dropped their demand for title change, as they didn"t want the actor to suffer loss because of them. Moreover, the actor understood their feelings. Krishan Kumar Kanojia, President of the Akhil Bharatiya Dhobi Samaj, also said that the film has portrayed the community well.
Kiran Rao, Aamir"s wife and director of the Dhobi Ghat, said that the film is all about how the lives of people belonging to different communities, language, regions and economic status are renewed after staying in Dhobi Ghat.
Dhobi Ghat, directed by Kiran Rao and starring Prateik Babbar, Aamir Khan and Monica Dogra, is releasing worldwide today (January 21).