Mumbai Diary: Friday frolics

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

Monetary moves
Actor Anupam Kher has covered himself in rainbow-hued glory as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) film festival gets set to begin end of the month in Mumbai. Kher, who has been a regular supporter of Kashish, has upped the prize money for the festival this year.

Canadian Kate Trotter with the Best Actor award for the film True Love she won at last year’s Kashish
Canadian Kate Trotter with the Best Actor award for the film True Love she won at last year’s Kashish

Kher and his acting school, ‘Actor Prepares’, sponsors the top prizes at the sixth edition of Kashish. A cash prize of Rs 20,000 will be awarded to the winner in the Best Performance in a Leading Role category. Earlier, there was a trophy only for this category.

This time, Kher has given the prize money of Rs 20,000 to go with it. In addition one has Rs 30,000 to the Best Narrative Feature Film Award and Rs 20,000 to the Best Indian Short Film respectively. Festival director Sridhar Rangayan said they were “overwhelmed” by the support.

The last time around, one remembers the jury saying that efforts need to be lauded but Indian filmmakers must up their quality of films for the festival. Let’s hope that is what our desi filmmakers have done, a real koshish for Kashish.

Beautiful game to aid quake victims
Doing charity is a noble deed, and there can be fewer more interactive, community-encompassing methods of charity than sport. A group of friends from Orlem (Malad) have decided to organise a football tournament to generate funds for the earthquake victims in Nepal.

Orlem residents (left to right) Joe Miranda, Ronnie D’Souza and Reuben D’Souza
Orlem residents (left to right) Joe Miranda, Ronnie D’Souza and Reuben D’Souza

Orlemites Ronnie D’Souza, Joe Miranda and Reuben D’Souza will be organising the Futpro five-a-side rink football tournament at the Justin Grounds in Orlem across the May 16-17 weekend. The tournament carries a winner’s prize purse of Rs 33,000 while the runner-up stands to gain Rs 22,000.

“Our country has been in the forefront as far as helping its quake-hit neighbour is concerned. So, as citizens, we thought we’d do our bit too. We love football, so felt it could be the perfect tool for this social cause,” says Ronnie D’Souza, before quickly clarifying though that the sum they expect to gather may not be phenomenal as it is a small tournament.

“There are lot of overheads like ground fees, lights, referee costs, etc but at the end of the day, we hope to contribute at least R 25,000 to R 30,000,” says Ronnie, who owns a football team, UK United. And if UK United wins the tournament, the restaurateur promises a bonus too. “I’ll add half my team’s winning earnings to the overall amount that we will be contributing,” assures Ronnie.

Let’s football!

Stress and distress of being a cop
With the focus now on the stress that Mumbai cops have to deal with, this diarist heard about a recent incident from a friend, which turned out quite stressful for both the constable involved as well as the friend.

Having gone to a police station in the central suburbs to file an accident report, this aam aadmi was taken to a room by a sub-inspector and informed that he would have to shell out some amount to ensure that the report was filed.

The cop’s reasoning? Since the accident victim was going to get medical insurance based on his “hard work”, he should get some share of the largesse coming to him. Once our friend had agreed to the terms, he was then told that it would be best not to tell the constable, who was going to visit the hospital to take the victim’s statement, about their deal.

The constable who was assigned didn’t look too happy to be given the task since it transpired that he was getting ready to go home after working a double shift!

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