Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

The beginning
Work on the second leg of the annual, mentored short film competition Shuruaat by the digital content studio, Humaramovie has begun. This feature, Shor Se Shuruaat, is an anthology of eight short films based on the common theme of noise, directed by the protégés of renowned filmmakers, Shyam Benegal, Imtiaz Ali, Raju Hirani, Mira Nair, Zoya Akhtar, Sriram Raghavan, Nagesh Kukunoor and Homi Adajania. Each mentor has nominated a protégé to direct a short film, unique in its own way depending on the filmmaker’s interpretation of the theme. The eight short films will range from 12-15 minutes and will be compiled to make a feature that will have a theatrical release later this year.

Imtiaz Ali

Tiger, tiger flying high
Actor Tiger Shroff displays his martial arts wizardry along with a team at a Bandra studio yesterday. Pic/Satej Shinde

Tiger Shroff

Home is where the art is?
British-born Indian artist Desmond Lazaro’s recent exhibition in the city combined personal and world history. The exhibition, The Incoming Passengers, started with the Anglo-Indian artist’s quest to know more about his grandfather who lived in Chennai, and the need to find a PIO certificate. It led to the bigger idea to gauge the impact of immigration on his family from Burma to London. This diarist recalls interacting with the artist as he spoke about the show that displayed painted replicas of various documents that he was able to source, as well as family documentaries that his father had filmed over the years.

Desmond Lazaro
Desmond Lazaro with an artwork from the exhibition The Incoming Passengers. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Today, the 47-year-old artist will be in conversation with historian and art critic Rasna Bhushan and the duo will examine subjects like migration, tradition and rooted-ness that influenced his works.

Planted for a snooze
This diarist spotted a stray who seems to have found an innovative, safe and comfortable (possibly) way to catch a few winks in the middle of a busy juncton in Bhandup (W). Pic/Ayan Roy

Not smart yet
Gurgaon will now be called Gurugram. And cartoonist Sumit Kumar is laughing his head off. Like the school bus driver in his work, who was about to run over a pilot on Sohna Road, laughed, and the farmers who work as security guards, even though they are malnourished, laughed. The context of the laughter then (exactly a year ago) was an announcement that Gurgaon will become a smart city in one year. Author Manu Jospeh came up with a column in reaction and Sumit Kumar turned it into a cartoon. With the laughter intact, he has crossed out Gurgaon in the comic on his website, Bakarmax and replaced it with Gurugram.

Sumit Kumar
Sumit Kumar

Yoghurt high
Typically, this diarist doesn’t need a reason to indulge in a cup of ice cream or yoghurt but American frozen yoghurt chain Menchie’s opening shop in Mumbai is a more focused motive. They will offer a variety of options like non-fat, low carb and dairy-free too. The flavours include desi versions like kesar elaichi and some exotic ones like Grasshopper (Irish mint, explained the menu). Menchie’s offers sorbet too. The outlet will open on April 22 near Khar Telephone Exchange. If you can’t wait till then, indulge your sweet tooth with some seriously cool ice cream combinations, on page 31.

Yoghurt high

The fame finders: Musicians Siddharth Mahadevan and Raghav Sachchar with musician VJ, comedian, actor-dancer Lauren Gotlieb and Bollywood actor Cyrus Sahukar at the launch of a digital talent hunt for kids at a Lower Parel five-star. Pic/Atul Kamble

Imphal Talkies at the talkies
Three months after the initial declaration, band Imphal Talkies will finally be perfroming at the venue that is the inspiration behind their title — The Imphal Talkies Hall aka Rupmahal Theatre.

Akhu Chingambam at Imphal Talkies
Akhu Chingambam at Imphal Talkies

The hall in Imphal stopped showing cinema in 1999 and for founder member, Akhu Chingambam, it represents a different time in the town and his life when things were simpler. Earlier, the performance was deferred by concerns of clashing with exams and some other political issues. Now, Akhu, who has been acclaimed for his powerful songs of protest, is confident that it will be an “epic” show.

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