Mumbai Diary page: Tuesday Tales
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Shooting them, now
THE roles have been reversed and on Sunday night, they were the targets of the shooting. This was the launch of Fahad Samar’s book Flashpoint, a thriller set in the world of the Mumbai paparazzi with central character Zeeshan Haq, red-carpet photographer who aspires to become a successful fashion photographer. For the launch event, celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar spoke about shooting formal but fun portraits of eight well-known Mumbai press photographers posing on the red carpet, including mid-day’s chief photographer, Rane Ashish.
THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER? Actor Kabir Bedi (second from l), who read excerpts from the book, Flash Point, seems to ask writer Fahad Samar at the book launch. Chief photographer of mid-day Rane Ashish is third from right. Pic/Satyajit Desai
At the book launch, held in the city on Sunday evening, Kasbekar spoke about how shooting these photographers was different. The celebrities in the audience then started taking their own pictures, and actor Satish Shah had everybody in splits, taking pictures of the press photographers on his mobile and saying, “right pe dekhna, left pe dekhna, neeche baitho”, mimicking how press photographers themselves behave at an event. Imitation being the best form of flattery and all that, we do not know if these gentlemen were flattered, but the audience was amused.
The feel of Delhi in Mumbai
SUNDAY’S suddenly foggy morning took both commuters and drivers by surprise. The fog, which lasted till even 9am in many parts, was especially thick between Kalyan and Mumbra, though it was misty in many other parts of the city as well, and temperatures came down to “winterish” levels again. The fog affected visibility on the roads as well as the tracks, and trains and buses were expectedly late.
LOOKS LIKE DELHI: But it is the Dombivili-Panvel Road stretch.
Bus driver Laxman Somane said that as he comes from Murbad by motorcycle, he and the bus were both delayed. Autorickshaw driver Umesh Mhatre said he has been driving a rickshaw for the last 15 years and has never seen this type of fog. Rajan Gupta, a truck driver, said he travels every day from Kalyan to Kalamboli and is seeing this “New Delhi type of fog” for the first time.
WHERE’S THE TRAIN? A pair of headlights is the first inkling that a train is approaching. Pics/Shrikant Khuperkar
Commuter Vaishali Joshi, who travels from Dombivili to Taloja for work every day, said it was a wonder how the bus driver was managing to drive in the fog. “I was late for duty but it has affected a lot of other people also.”
Sole flag-bearer for Karnataka
WANKHEDE Stadium in the city sees all sorts of spectators, but they are usually in groups — the bigger, the better. Cheers always sound best when there are lots of voices raised in support of the team in question.
LONE VOICE: So what if it’s just one supporter? He sure did cheer long and loud. Pic/Atul Kamble
And when it comes to sporting the team colours, it is T-shirts, face-paint and flags galore. But a supporter of the Karnataka team at the Ranji Trophy match yesterday showed us that team spirit can come even from just one person. All by himself, this enthusiastic youngster (“enthu cutlet” as desi slang would dub him) raised the bar for sheer lung power if nothing else. He cheered, waved the team flag and maintained his standard as a supporter even if no one else was with him. Our cheer goes to him!