Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

May 04, 2016, 10:26 IST | Team mid-day

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

A close call
What is it with actors not wanting to part with their phones? After Kangana Ranaut told the cyber crime cops that she dropped the phone from which she sent Hrithik Roshan intimate mails, into water.

Now, we hear, actor Sonu Sood put in an application to retrieve a phone he had surrendered to the Mumbai crime branch in a 2014 case, when he had received a threat from gangster Ravi Pujari. Sood visited the Commissioner office last evening to claim his phone after a two-year follow up.

In 2014, Karim Morani — producer of the film, Happy New Year — Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani and Sood had received calls from Pujari. The gangster had allegedly and unsuccessfully tried to get Morani to organise a special concert for one of his friends. Sood had in fact, received police protection following the threats.

A police officer said, “It was a sensitive case and since he [Sood] was a witness too, we had taken his phone for investigations.” Sood said, “My phone had important and private documents. I’ve managed to get it back.” Hmm.

A bready good affair
Yesterday, a group of 20, including two gentlemen, donned their aprons with childlike enthusiasm, to learn how to baking the Italian focaccia bread from food writer Saee Koranne-Khandekar at launch of her book, Crumbs! The title packs in over 40 recipes of Indian and western breads along with stories from Khandekar’s childhood.

(Fourth from left) Saee Koranne-Khandekar at the workshop. Pic/Sameer Markande
(Fourth from left) Saee Koranne-Khandekar at the workshop. Pic/Sameer Markande

At the engaging, two-hour workshop hosted at Andheri’s APB Cook Studio, Khandekar recollected, “My great grand aunt would make atta (wholewheat flour) loaves in Amul cheese tins; they were so comforting,” she guided the guests to pry the dough with their finger tips and top it with olives, onion, garlic and parsley. While the group could take their freshly baked creations home, this diarist loved Khandekar’s use of local ingredients and easy-to-follow tips.

A fisherwoman at the awards
Joining a host of celebrities who were presented with national honours in New Delhi was a lonely fisherwoman, who lives her dream in a coastal village through her hard-earned Tuk-Tuk.

A scene from Fisherwoman & Tuk Tuk
A scene from Fisherwoman & Tuk Tuk

Before you break your head trying to figure out who she is, let’s tell you that she is, in fact, the lead character of Fisherwoman & Tuk Tuk, a film that won the National Award under the Best Animation Film category.

It is Studio Eeksaurus Productions’ (founded by pioneering animator, Suresh Eriyat) first short, and has already bagged over 13 national and international awards with over 35 official selections. Fresh catch, no?

He’s been following me since yesterday!

Pic/Satej Shinde

Going by actor Jacqueline Fernandez’s expression, we’d love to know what she’s thinking about co-star Siddharth Malhotra. The actors had dropped in at a Bandra venue for a smartphone launch.

Shakespeare’s call
Acclaimed British actor Ian McKellen, best known for his role as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will be in the city later this month. He will be spearheading a global programme, Shakespeare Lives on Film, launched by the British Council and GREAT Britain Campaign.

Ian McKellen. Pic courtesy/BFI national Archive
Ian McKellen. Pic courtesy/BFI national Archive

His first assignment is a chat with an Indian superstar whose name is under wraps. “I have been aware of India’s passion for Shakespeare ever since I saw Shakespeare Wallah (1965) and more recently, outstanding Bollywood versions of the plays.

This is my first visit to Mumbai and I look forward to hearing reactions to the Shakespeare Lives on Film season and to meeting with colleagues in the Indian film industry,” he says. Watch this space.

When Dwayne Bravo came to the party
A concept, an idea or a song is considered a hit when its popularity spreads far and wide and global audiences interpret its different avatars. Regardless of whether you are a Dwayne Bravo fan or not, you would have heard the West Indian all-rounder’s groovy track, Champion.

The cut-out mask that featured cricketer Dwayne Bravo
The cut-out mask that featured cricketer Dwayne Bravo

It became a rage after the men from the Caribbean danced their way to its tune en route to the ICC World Twenty20 title last month. However, it’s one thing to hear the track being played at popular nightclubs, and quite another when you see little kids dancing to it at a First Holy Communion party.

On May 1, at one such party in the city, the theme was Dwayne Bravo’s hit, Champion! Little kids led along by the boy receiving his First Holy Communion entered the hall wearing cutout masks of Bravo and gleefully dancing. “I love cricket and I love the song. So, when my parents asked me to pick a song for my party, it had to be Champion. The mask cut-outs though, were my dad’s idea,” said the nine-year-old.

Daddy dearest, meanwhile, had to run from pillar to post to have the masks customised. “It was tough to source a 10x10-inch photo of Bravo — one that fits a child’s face. Finally, when I managed to find it, none of the printing presses were equipped to print it in the manner I wanted it. Eventually, my wife pitched in, and we attached little silver ribbons to the masks; it turned out pretty well,” said the daddy. A true communion of sport and entertainment, this.

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