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Mumbai Diary page: Friday Frolics

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

Ha, ha hee free
This Independence Day, different Mumbaikars want freedom from, and of different things. Some naughty and some nice, and always with a dash of spice

Freedom to laugh: At the boss, when he’s not looking, of course. Cartoons: Amit Bandre
Freedom to laugh: At the boss, when he’s not looking, of course. Cartoons: Amit Bandre

Freedom to be me: Which means either babe or behenji
Freedom to be me: Which means either babe or behenji

Freedom to be a player: ‘Coz I am single and ready to mingle
Freedom to be a player: ‘Coz I am single and ready to mingle

Freedom to laze: In a frantic city, the freedom to slouch on the couch
Freedom to laze: In a frantic city, the freedom to slouch on the couch

Freedom to eat cake: And not think, one moment on my lips, forever on my hips
Freedom to eat cake: And not think, one moment on my lips, forever on my hips

Support? Cyrus-lly speaking
Cyrus Broacha and laughs go together but this time Cyrus the Virus has touched upon the abuse and exploitation of animals and shot a new advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that encourages people to avoid circuses that use animals.

Cyrus hair don't need no combin'
Cyrus hair don't need no combin'

In the ad, which is part of PETA India’s campaign for the freedom of animals used in circuses, launched in time for Independence Day, in tune with the freedom theme, Broacha’s mouth and eyes are wide open. His hair stands straight up, next to the caption ‘What Circuses Do to Animals Makes My Hair Stand on End.

Boycott Animal Circuses’. The ad was shot by photographer Himanshu Seth, while Ambereen Yusuf did Broacha’s ooh-I-just-got-an-electric-shock hair. Cyrus says in the ad, “I revel in my freedom to play outrageous jokes on people and to speak my mind, but animals in circuses are robbed of their freedom and everything else that’s natural and important to them.

And if that weren't enough, they’re often beaten into performing cheap tricks that can be confusing and even painful.” Incidentally, in 2010, Broacha had received the PETA group’s Hero to Animals Award for refusing on ethical grounds to ride a bull on the TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi. Our take is: when you have Cyrus, why do you need a circus, anyway?

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