Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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

Geena Davis, gender and social change
It has been announced that Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis’ The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media will partner with FICCI FLO Film Festival this year to increase awareness about gender issues in media, women empowerment and social change.

Actress Geena Davis. Pic/AFP
Actress Geena Davis. Pic/AFP

The institute is known to fight against gender disparity in the entertainment industry and aims to increase the visibility of women and put an end to stereotypes. More details about the association of the institute with the film festival will be announced at a press conference at Nehru Centre today.

Fit to watch a mockumentary?
Dice Media, the premium video division of Pocket Aces released the trailer of India’s first mockumentary web series titled, Not Fit. It charts the humourous adventures of Neerav Kapoor, a struggling actor trying to strike it big in the entertainment industry.

Posters from the mockumentary, Not Fit
Posters from the mockumentary, Not Fit

His over smart demeanour and lack of self-awareness leads him into unpleasant terrain most of the time, but he never quits. As a tribute to the eternal struggler in big, bad Mumbai, the series is made in the same format as TV sitcom hits, The Office and Modern Family.

Shot in mockumentary style, everything from the lines to the camera movement are scripted, but designed to look improvised. The dialogues are conversational and the humor comes as much from the behaviour of characters as it from the punch lines.

Co-founders Anirudh Pandita and Ashwin Suresh hope that it will fill the massive void in quality Indian fiction entertainment. The pilot episodes of the 10-part series will go live on YouTube on October 28, 2015, and new episodes will be released every Wednesday. All videos can be found at www.youtube.com/DiceMedia-India.

Blast from the past
Gautam Gambhir clashed with Manoj Tiwari erupting in a spat on Saturday during a Ranji Trophy game at New Delhi’s Kotla. Gambhir’s words reminded this diarist of a 1979 incident involving then Australia captain Graham Yallop and his fiery pace bowler Rodney Hogg.

Graham Yallop; (right) Rodney Hogg. Pic courtesy/Getty Images
Graham Yallop; (right) Rodney Hogg. Pic courtesy/Getty Images

During the Adelaide Test against England, Yallop discovered that Hogg was missing from the field after a drinks break. Hogg headed to the dressing room to treat his groin injury, and wanted to respond to his captain’s orders post the treatment.

Hogg challenged Yallop to settle this issue — physically — at the back of the Adelaide Oval dressing room. Things didn’t get physical but the relationship between Yallop and Hogg didn’t get better either. Yallop slammed Hogg in his post-series book, Lambs to the Slaughter.

Nearly three decades later, Hogg invited Yallop to release his book! Hope things end in similar peace between Gambhir and Tiwary.

No show with Nemai Ghosh
Veteran photographer, Nemai Ghosh, known for seizing the right moment in his images, met with a case of bad timing on Saturday. A selection of his photo-biography of Satyajit Ray and photographs of other eminent film icons, such as Smita Patil and Simi Garewal, is on show at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad City Museum.

Nemai Ghosh
Nemai Ghosh

Ghosh flew into the city for a discussion at the Museum, open to public, with Kishore Singh, the head of exhibitions at Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) Modern. Unfortunately, Mumbai’s infamous traffic snarls got amplified thanks to the religious processions leading to JJ Flyover.

Simi Garewal, captured by Nemai Ghosh
Simi Garewal, captured by Nemai Ghosh

The organisers feared a disheartening turnout and the much-anticipated discussion was cancelled hours before it was set to begin. We couldn’t help but feel for 81-year-old Ghosh, who had flown in especially for the event. Mumbai, we missed out on this one.

Let the kids be trigger-happy
There’s good news for kids between 10 and 14, who love photography. FX School, a digital media institution plans to hold workshops for young enthusiasts on November 4 and 7.

Kids will learn about camera tricks
Kids will learn about camera tricks 

These are ideal for aspiring young photographers. Students will receive hands-on experience with a Digital SLR camera and its various settings, while also learn about the art of using the camera creatively. DSLRs will be provided during the workshop. Interested students can register by logging on to www.fxschool.in or calling 42354235.

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