Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Desi dress code for Swedish DJ Steve Angello
Here’s some more news about DJ Steve Angello’s forthcoming maiden visit to Mumbai, next week.

Niharika Khan
Niharika Khan

Apart from being showered with desi gifts and hosted by Bollywood’s filmi clan who are going ga ga over his visit, the former Swedish House Mafia member will be styled by costume designer Niharika Khan, who has styled key looks for him.

This batik print, slant open round neck shirt with charcoal-dyed front flap trousers and kolhapuri sandals (in pic) could be one of the outfits you might spot Angello in during his visit.

Music and the mentor

Pic/Bipin Kokate

AR Rahman (right) eyes a guitar at an event held at St Andrews Auditorium in Bandra where he along with Roger Brown, president of Berklee College of Music (left), felicitated city students from the prestigious institution, last evening.

He’s ours!
For years now, a tug-of-war between rival publishing houses in Delhi (where else!) over a senior author has amused this diarist. The two big players have been engaging in all kinds of promotions, releases and re-releases of his titles in their effort to bag bragging rights, and somewhere along the way, grab the reader’s attention.

From birthdays to milestones in the author’s impressive portfolio, we’ve been party to a range of emailers in our inbox, from both sides. More recently, as another birthday approached, once again, we read about commemorations, anthologies, as well as new releases.

A while back this diarist had the good fortune to meet the prolific, much-awarded author in his home. When we nudged him to react to the unique position that he was in, he replied cheekily, “More the merrier!” As long as he continues to churn out one delightful novel after another, we aren’t complaining.

Tisca’s got mall appeal

Pic/Shadab Khan

Actress Tisca Chopra at the felicitation ceremony of Pink Power 2016 winners, where promising women entrepreneurs were awarded and got an opportunity to translate their hobbies into an initiative at a mall in Malad, yesterday.

App-y days for Amma, Didi
When Chiki Sarkar launched Juggernaut, the digital publishing company, she had promised a new approach to reading and selling books Yesterday, as election results for three big states emerged, we found that they’ve used social media to showcase books on the dramatic personae.

Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee
Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee

Two Twitter posts from them about West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa directs freshly generated curiosity to books on their lives — Amma: Jayalalithaa’s Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen and Didi: The Bengal Tigress. Perhaps, some reading will help those interested to analyse the landslide victories better.

Now, a sport pop-up
We’ve heard of food and shopping pop-ups, but now there’s a tennis pop-up. In the fashionable city of Paris yesterday, tennis star Rafael Nadal participated in a pop-up tennis tournament organised by fashion label Tommy Hilfiger.

Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee

And as a twist, it was a game of football tennis, where Nadal played against Dutch footballer Gregory van der Wiel, who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain. Like any fashion do, the game was followed by a cocktail party. We would love to watch a match that will feature Virat Kohli and Sunil Chhetri. Anybody listening?

Mumbai’s nightlife to go viral
For those of you who have been following desi webseries, there’s a new one that might intrigue the night crawler variety. Panorama Studios, along with One Digital Entertainment, will launch a youth-centric web-series in June called Bar Code, set in the world of Mumbai’s nightclubs.

The episodic web-series will span 10 episodes, and will be shot inside some of the city’s nightclubs. “Bar Code looks closely at what goes on behind the scenes in one of the most glamorous businesses in the world.

The look and feel will be upscale and chic. The treatment of the music will have an interesting mix of EDM, Bollywood and Deep House, which should connect with the youth segment across the country,” says writer-director Vignesh Shetty. The production will begin mid-June.

“With the current web-series space being heavily cluttered, and with most shows being imitations of one another, we were on the lookout for something that is clutter-breaking,” says Abhishek Pathak, producer and managing director, Panorama Studios.

We’re hoping for this one to be different from the ‘youth shows’ aired on music channels a few years ago that changed their avatar into youth entertainment channels eventually.

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