Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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

Of mall art and the Indore gallery

Pics/Sameer Markande, Satej Shinde
Pics/Sameer Markande, Satej Shinde

(Left) Shriya Saran at the opening of Art Out Of The Gallery, an exhibition of photographs currently on display at a mall in Lower Parel.

It includes the works of nine photographers; (right) a visitor looks at artworks by respected Indore artist Ishwari Rawal.

JLF JAM - 2016: Pao wow and RaGa bashing
Barkha’s firing all cylinders: “According to online portals, I have three husbands, two of which are Pakistani and one is a Muslim. The truth is I don’t have a single husband. They do this to justify my political ideology.

Have you ever heard such trash being said about a male colleague?” asked journalist Barkha Dutt (pic, below) at a packed Charbagh. Shobhaa De joined her in condemning the recent television interview where Bhupendra Chaubey interviewed actor Sunny Leone was targeted for her choice to be a porn star.

Aamchi Mumbai’s Vada Pao and Bun Maska-Chai seemed to be huge draws in the food zone at Diggi Palace. Our mole at the festival got the shock of her life when she heard the price for a plate was Rs 100! Eat that.
Aamchi Mumbai’s Vada Pao and Bun Maska-Chai seemed to be huge draws in the food zone at Diggi Palace. Our mole at the festival got the shock of her life when she heard the price for a plate was Rs 100! Eat that.

“Though my book is about my experiences of India as a journalist, the first chapter is about the treatment of women, I chose to write about being abused as a child only because I didn’t want to sweep it under the carpet and be pseudo when I was talking about the kind of things women go through in this country,” she revealed.

She also recounted her encounter with Rahul Gandhi where she told him that he couldn’t speak about empowerment if he believed in dynasty politics, the opposite of empowerment. To this, Rahul replied that if his mother and he left the party to others it would go to the dogs. “Isn’t that arrogant?” Dutt asked, to an applauding audience.

Remember the time, Anu?

Pic/Satej Shinde
Pic/Satej Shinde

Celebrated photographer Pablo Bartholomew seems to have given former actress Anu Aggarwal reason to laugh at the opening of his exhibition, 60/60 at Sakshi Gallery last evening.

...Meanwhile in Kolkata
It’s clearly a case of one, two many (pun intended). In the City of Joy, another edition of the Kolkata Literary Meet began on January 21.

Noted actor Soumitra Chatterjee at the inaugural ceremony of Kolkata Literary Meet earlier this week
Noted actor Soumitra Chatterjee at the inaugural ceremony of Kolkata Literary Meet earlier this week

The six-day literary festival will see the likes of Amartya Sen, Ruskin Bond, Devdutt Pattanaik, Amitav Ghosh, Javed Akhtar, Amish Tripathi, Rajdeep Sardesai, Imtiaz Ali, Najam Sethi, Jairam Ramesh, Nayantara Sehgal and Barkha Dutt drop in.

The inauguration witnessed an enthralling performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwalah in Pashto by students of Kabul University. This was followed by a discussion on history and fiction with noted author Amitav Ghosh.

Supriya Chaudhuri, an English scholar, and Mukul Kesavan, noted historian, also made interesting contributions to the discussion spearheaded by Jayanta Sengupta. Busy time to be an author, no?

Mallika’s got a music video
Usually flitting between LA, India (and the Cannes), guess what Mallika Sherawat’s been up to? It seems she's been busy sunbathing on the beaches of Goa where she recently shot for a music video.

Mallika Sherawat. Pic/Sameer Markande
Mallika Sherawat. Pic/Sameer Markande

Out now, the single, Dil Kya Kare (Did I Love You?), marks the debut of 21-year-old USA-based R&B/Pop artiste Amrit Dasu aka DASU. Co-written and produced by Rishi Rich, and released by Universal Music, the song speaks of love and longing, and even laces in a sample of Kishore Kumar’s timeless hit, Dil Kya Kare (Julie, 1975) in female voice.

We’re still to make up our minds about the number but the video has some classy frames. Our pick: the one with Ms Sherawat decked up in a flowing red gown, twirling in a swimming pool.

Stop and gaze at the clutter
For those of you who dig all things design, but haven’t found the time to attend an event at the ongoing The State of Architecture event, we suggest you make time for the Urban Clutter photo exhibition that begins today.

Poster of the photo exhibition
Poster of the photo exhibition

It features an exhibition of fascinating photographs by Yashwant D Pitkar that will highlight the clutter, crawl and chaos integral to the cityscape. The diarist thinks it will make for an engaging dekko of urban design
in the metropolis. The exhibition will continue till February 4.

Check www.stateofarchitecture.in for more details.

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