Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

The King of Pop is back!
The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop is ready. Titled, The Genius of Michael Jackson (Simon & Schuster), it has been written by Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper.

US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson reaches for the sky during a concert in Montpellier, south west France on August 12, 1988. Pic/AFP
US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson reaches for the sky during a concert in Montpellier, south west France on August 12, 1988. Pic/AFP

It presents an incisive portrait of Michael Jackson exploring and celebrating his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing from 400 interviews.

From the time in 1965 when he made his stage debut with his brothers (Jackson 5) at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become an undisputed pop star.

The book looks at his four decade-long career that made Jackson a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning 13 Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves.

The interviews offer insight, ranging from Jackson’s relatives, friends, and key record executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Weird Al Yankovic. This critical biography puts all elements of his career into perspective, and celebrates his triumph in art and music.

When the masters’ speak
Drishyam Films is organising The Masters, a monthly series of exclusive learning sessions with India’s finest cinematic talent. Kicking this off is a screening of Raman Raghav directed by Sriram Raghavan followed by a master class by the director.

Sriram Raghavan’s film Raman Raghav will kickstart the event
Sriram Raghavan’s film Raman Raghav will kickstart the event

Raman Raghav is a two-part video series made by Raghavan in 1991. It is based on the successful investigations of the Stoneman murders that took place in the 1960s, drawing from official police case files. This will be the film’s first public screening.

Filmmaker Atul Sabharwal, who has directed films like Aurangzeb and In Their Shoes, will introduce the film and moderate the Q and A session, post the screening. On October 21, 2015, 8 pm at PVR Cinemas Citimall Andheri. To register: www.drishyamfilms.com/events/

Raising the bar
Bar Stock Exchange will open its doors to a fourth outlet in the city, within a year of launching. The new outlet in Bandra will replace the The Big Bang Bar.

Chicken Tikka Sizzler is on the menu at their Bandra outpostChicken Tikka Sizzler is on the menu at their Bandra outpost

With garage themed-interiors and a new Maharashtrian-inspired menu, expect a range of lip-smacking fare, including Kolhapuri Chicken Quesadilla, Lebanese tortilla with Desi Kolhapuri tadka, as well as Misal Fondue Chicken Wings and tandoor-cooked eggs. This diarist would love to check this one out, on the double.

Not a plane landing
Mumbai’s October heat causes tempers to rise, and so short fuses were on display on a recent Mumbai to Goa flight (early morning). One could see passengers ‘gheraoing’ the staff of the carrier, because they were miffed not just about the many hour delay but rightly, at the fact that there were no announcements about why.

The staff mentioned low visibility due of fog in Goa as reason but passengers wanted explanations, not half-news. “Don’t get physical,” one staffer was heard warning a passenger, even as another complained, “They do not have a PA (public address) system.”

He mimicked the staffers by shouting, “Delhi passengers, Delhi passengers,” as the others snorted while a few hooted with laughter. Another man shouted, “There is no fog in Goa. It’s all clear; I just got a call.” All in a day’s work at Mumbai airport.

Pinakin’s got new plans
It’s always nice when we hear big names shift professions. Popular city-based architect and interior designer Pinakin Patel is now exploring other realms of design. Patel, who has been in the industry for four decades has forayed into fashion designing with his label Pinakin — Occasion Wear.

The collection is a mix of contemporary Indian wear and Western silhouettes
The collection is a mix of contemporary Indian wear and Western silhouettes

Pinakin Patel
Pinakin Patel

The collection that is made from rich organza and tussar georgettes is a result of Patel spending a year learning the new craft. Drop by the Pinakin Studio in Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel between Monday to Saturday (11 am to 7 pm) to get the whole picture.

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