Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Now, a book on Salman Khan
Salman Khan is loved by many for his films and disliked by others for the controversies he gets embroiled in. He also has the reputation of philanthropy and being the guiding angel of many feldgling actors.
So, who is the real Salman Khan? Why is he the way he is? December 27, which happens to be the date on which the star hits 50, will see the release of a book that looks deeper (we hope) into the life of the enigmatic bad boy of Bollywood.
Titled, Being Salman, it has been written by journalist Jasim Khan and delves into Salman’s family lineage and his personal history to reveal interesting vignettes and unknown facts about the star. We’ll wait to pass judgment on this one.
Chiki’s Juggernaut publishing begins to roll
Here is some reason to cheer for net savvy book lovers. Chiki Sarkar’s new publishing company that promises to focus primarily on digital publishing, is now rolling.
The catalogue features a diverse set of genre and authors. The homepage declares one Nobel prize winner, 25 debutant writers, 500 online submissions and 20 kg of coffee consumed.
And the list is impressive. From Arundhati Roy to Twinkle Khanna and William Dalrymple, then theres Sunny Leone too. All feautre in the list of most interesting people writing for Juggernaut.
Scroll down the collections under fiction, non-fiction, love and romance and you can see the kids’ corner. To know what people are reading there is a section at the bottom asking for responses.
Indian thriller going places
Mumbai-based filmmaker, Bhargav Saikia, is breaking new ground with accolades for his short horror film in Hindi, Awakenings.
Poster of Awakenings
This film has been officially selected for more than 100 film festivals in different parts of the world since its world premiere in USA at HP Lovecraft film festival in May. A rare feat for an Indian short film in the horror/suspense genre. Awakenings has also won 15 international awards and garnered 18 other nominations.
Saikia is upbeat and already onto his next project. “I am writing another horror film, but this time it is feature length. I hope success of Awakenings will help me get the horror feature film funded soon. Film festivals have enabled me to network with genre filmmakers and festival programmers from all over the world,” the filmmaker said.
Mind over matter
Chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata, was caught in deep thought at an awards function held at the YB Chavan auditorium last evening.
Melbourne sounds for Pune
Melbourne-based duo, Pierce Brothers, who are in India to perform at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, have already taken Delhi by storm, and are now headed for their gigs in Bengaluru and Pune.
Pierce Brothers during their recent Delhi gig
Known for their upbeat sets and energetic on-stage vibe, the Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Twins, Jack and Pat Pierce, are multi-instrumentalists and have sold over 50,000 EPs independently.
Twin brothers, Jack and Pat Pierce
“Playing at our first ever festival in India was incredible!! We had a great time wandering around during the day and checking out the amazing line-up. When we hit the stage, the audience were so welcoming and danced the whole time; what a rush!
We danced until we were exhausted! We both cannot wait until we get to play in Pune and Bangalore!” said Jack. The Pierce Brothers play in Pune on December 5 and in Bangalore on December 6.