Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

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

Beauty on the web
The city’s premier fashion week that conducts model auditions every season, will now be gauging the power of social media for their upcoming season.

A model at trials from a previous edition. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
A model at trials from a previous edition. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Ideal model candidates (who meet their specifications) need to post a video of their runway walk on Instagram. The video with the maximum likes will go to the final round of selection.

Also, we hear that designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla will open the event scheduled for August. Check their Instagram page for more details.

Bending towards art
She says that “barring a children’s art contest as a child” she has won nothing in the field. However, one of the city's most popular yoga instructors, Shameem Akhtar picked up the paintbrush more seriously last November and, now, paints almost daily.

Simple Faith, one of Shameem Akhtar’s works that is up on Saatchi
Simple Faith, one of Shameem Akhtar’s works that is up on Saatchi

Akhtar, who has authored three books on yoga, has turned an artist, having put up her paintings on the online auction site Saatchi, where she registered as an artist over this weekend. Speaking to this diarist, Akhtar says, she got a boost when paintings, which were lying around at her studio got picked up by one of her students in January.

“It was lovely to have a connection with someone else through my painting. It was as if they saw what I saw…and it felt like we were connected in a lovely loop of creative energy,” she adds. And, in case you’re keen to have a dekko at her other works, catch 100 rock paintings, which will be exhibited later this month at her Bandra studio.


A true fan of Shantaram

A cab dedicated to Shantaram’s author Gregory David Roberts parked at Dadar, near the flower market, a couple of days ago.


Mannat gets a mystery artist

Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow Mannat at Bandra was spotted with graffiti on its boundary wall. It read, ‘Luv u SRK c u on 15th... Gaurav’. Was it the doing of an overzealous fan who wasn’t not stopped by SRK’s security? Or is there a mysterious twist to it? Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

Way to go, Ranbir!
While FTII students have been crying hoarse protesting over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman, not many from the industry have come out in their support or otherwise.

Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor, however, doesn’t believe in playing safe. In a black-and-white video shot by the students, Kapoor makes a plea to the concerning authorities to understand the students’ demands, and engage in a dialogue with them.

Calling FTII the breeding ground of many filmmakers, cinematographers, editors and award-winning personalities, Kapoor feels that it is necessary that the students’ grievances are heard. The Kapoor boy has his heart in the right place.

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