Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Kids' play with Sanjna Kapoor
Less than a week after wrapping up the 32nd Memorial Concert at Prithvi in Mumbai, Sanjna Kapoor zipped across to Hyderabad to be a part of Lamakaan’s sixth anniversary celebrations.

Sanjna Kapoor interacts with children as part of a theatre workshop at Lamakaan in Hyderabad over the weekendSanjna Kapoor interacts with children as part of a theatre workshop at Lamakaan in Hyderabad over the weekend

The cultural space, co-founded by Elahe Hiptoola (remember Nagesh Kukunoor’s friend in Hyderabad Blues?), came to life with a workshop for kids with Kapoor at the centre of the circle. The workshop was a taster to what theatre can have in store for little ones and allowed them to explore their imagination and be open about their idea of creativity using theatre games, exercises and improvisation.

Kapoor’s workshop kick started the anniversary celebrations of this open cultural space that also hosts debates, discussions, drama, theatre, documentaries and poetry — either initiated by Lamakaan or hosted by other organisers.

The space is offered free of cost or a minimal rent. So, if you’re in the city of the Charminar this weekend, drop in to watch from an immersive line-up of art and culture that will include readings, music, dance, plays, and a glimpse into the heart and soul of Hyderabad.

No chamchas for Shabana
We spotted actor Shabana Azmi shopping late on Sunday evening at a lifestyle store on Hughes Road. Azmi was dressed in a red kurta and white chudidar, with red flowers in her hair.

Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi

The actor was spotted browsing at the ethic apparel section. Shoppers did a double take when they spotted her weaving her way through hordes of kurtas and dupatta racks. Some women went up and spoke to her, as the staff trained by the formidably poised Simone Tata we think, politely tried not to gawk.

Azmi then headed to the home decor section. When she left the store with two stuffed bags, there were no starry chamchas in tow. Oh, how very Azmi, really.

Cash cows in Aarey
It is a known fact that the financial condition of the dairies run by the state government is in bad condition as most milk suppliers don’t supply to government-run dairies (they get better rates from private dairies).

A film set at Aarey
A film set at Aarey

The condition of Aarey Dairy in Goregaon (E) is no different.The authorities are now renting out locations inside Aarey Milk Colony for film shoots to raise money. Last week, a part of the dairy was given on rent for a day. The entrance was shown as the entry to Lucknow station.

An official from the Aarey CEO’s office said, “We had given it for a film shooting. They depicted the gate as Lucknow railway station, and later converted it into Kurla Terminus. Alia Bhatt was at the shoot.” Previously too, many sites within the green lung have been rented out for commercial shoots, as well as a documentary on wildlife.

Make faces with the masked man

Pic/Sameer Markande

A few members of the audience engage in some selfie action with one of the dancer-actors who were a part of the Kattaikkuttu performance on the lawns of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya on Sunday. Packed with theatre, Carnatic music, dialogues, high-energy dance and drama, the theatre form has its origins in north Tamil Nadu.

All that sauciness and samba

Pic/Satej Shinde

Parveen Dusanj and Kabir Bedi catch up with Mandira Bedi at Atul Kochhar’s newly opened South American themed-restaurant in BKC on Sunday.

Down but not out
If you ever wondered why maverick filmmaker Homi Adajania picks whimsical scripts with an undertone of wit, you should meet his mother.

Adajania’s mom on the hoverboard
Adajania’s mom on the hoverboard

Yesterday, he shared a video of the 71-year-old cruising the drawing room of their sixth floor apartment on a hoverboard, shouting, ‘Yee-haaa, yippeee’, signalling a thumbs up (we think it’s Adajania’s perturbed son watching her zip past). Then, she disappears mysteriously.

Homi Adajania
Homi Adajania

The camera jerks, and next, we see legs. She is massaging an aching joint but we know all’s well from a hearty laugh and Adajania’s post, ‘Anyway, she’s totally fine apart from bursting a few arteries as she laughed hysterically for an hour after.’

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