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Mumbai Diary: Sunday Shorts

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

Kashish on campus
If you cannot go to Kashish, well, Kashish will come to you. The International Queer Film Festival, the annual Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) fest, went to IIT-Bombay recently. Kashish Forward, the mobile arm of Kashish, has become India’s first travelling campus queer fest. It held a screening of three films from this year’s Kashish at the institute’s Powai campus, in association with Saathi, IIT Bombay’s campus LGBT group. The films screened were Mitraa by filmmaker Ravi Jadhav, Crush-Shake by Jagruti Jethe and Kyunki… by Avinash Matta.

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A loud applause: A standing ovation for Mitraa at IIT’s Bombay campus

“There is nothing like gay cinema and mainstream cinema. The audience wants to see all kinds of stories. They will come to watch a good film. We only need to market it correctly,” said Ravi Jadhav. Aditya Joshi, an IIT student, and one of the organisers of Saathi, added, “It was heartening to see a full house. Many in the audience were non-queer members of the IITB campus who had come to understand queer people.”

Unfortunately, one has often seen that degrees and academic education may not result in open minds. One can have a string of degrees and be brilliant in the classroom but still have a narrow worldview. Fests like these open windows of the mind and let the world in. More power to them.

Boardbusters
There’s a popular story about how Brad Pitt used to wear a chicken suit to promote a chain of Mexican restaurants during his struggling days. In the marketing parlance, this peculiar practice is called human billboard. And it’s fast gaining ground, especially in the fledging multiplexes.

A loud applause: A standing ovation for Mitraa at IIT’s Bombay campus
Happy Feet: Volunteers at the Jagran Film Festival

In some way, a person advertising a brand inside a mall is no different from a vendor outside of it. The only difference being the lack of air-conditioning in the latter. These human billboards are rarely static. They keep moving and thus attract eyeballs. During the ongoing Jagran Film Festival, we noticed how volunteers were moving around with a board to their back. The frontal view gives you an image of a person who is all set to leave on an adventurous tour. But when you get a rear view, it’s almost cute to see a rectangular board with legs attached to it.

30 years ago... lights, camera and Wessels!
WE all love our day-night cricket, one of the most important changes in the game which took place in the late 1970s thanks to Kerry Packer, the late Australian business tycoon who rocked cricket with his World Series Cricket.

Kepler Wessels
Kepler Wessels

Today is 30 years since India hosted its first ever one-day international. It was an India vs Australia one-dayer played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on September 28, 1984. In fact, believe it or not, this was the first floodlit ODI to be held outside Australia.

Southpaw Kepler Wessels, who later went on to lead South Africa, will remember it well for his fine 100 which guided Australia to 220. He enjoyed a 128-run partnership with skipper Kim Hughes. India committed the worst ‘sin’ in one-day cricket by getting out inside the stipulated overs for 172.

Big Carl Rackemann claimed four wickets including openers Surinder Khanna and Ghulam Parkar before sending back Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar and S Madan Lal. But that was not good enough to prevent Wessels from walking away with the man of the match award. It was his first and last ODI 100 and the otherwise obdurate opening batsman smashed the ball around that day. His 107 was embellished with 13 fours.

It was surely not a case of empty Wessels that day in Delhi.

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