Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
A Hugh caption
When Aussie actor Hugh Jackman tweeted this photo of him sweating it out in the gym, with a request to “Caption this”, we couldn’t resist the challenge.
We tried, Hugh, but with a hot bod and bulging biceps, it was a tad tough to focus on the word play.
Corridors of power
Industrialist Rahul Bajaj and son Niraj walk the talk on their way to attend the 108th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber at a SoBo five-star last morning. Later, Rahul Bajaj addressed the audience on the topic, Changing India in a Changing World.
Being Vidya Balan’s voice
Last weekend, she jammed as part of a multi-artiste gig in the city helmed by Dhruv Ghanekar. Kalpana Patowary, the talented folk and playback artiste, who shot to fame after the success of the hit song, Gandi Baat, is excited after having recently rendered her voice for Vidya Balan in the Srijit Mukherjee-directed, Begum Jaan that is set for an early 2017 release.
Kalpana Patowary and Vidya Balan
The film is a remake of a Bengali film inspired by Partition titled, Raj Kahini. The artiste from Assam says about the experience, “The film is about the trauma of displaced women in a brothel during Partition. I am glad to be a part of this project.
Though it’s too early to comment on the song, I can reveal that it is a sad song, and will be the first time where I have rendered my voice for my all-time favourite actress, Vidya Balan. Besides, Anu Malik has composed the music; so, it was a double bonanza for me. It is a melodious track, and I am looking forward to its release of the song.”
The dhaba, version 2.0
Parel, Lalbaug and Dadar’s working class junta will swear by Pritam da Dhaba for a late-night meal of Murgh Makhani and Lassi, propped up on cushioned charpoys. Now, we hear that the rustic outfit, along with Pritam Restaurant, is getting a revamp.
In the next quarter, the flagship restaurant, established in 1942, will present a nostalgic ambience that commemorates its journey over the decades while Pritam da Dhaba’s new avatar will offer food from the best highway dhabas in the country.
In fact, recently, we were impressed by its parent company, Pritam Group of Hotel’s latest offering, MRP (My Regular Place), a drinks-and-games driven modern Asian bistro (also at Hotel Midtown Pritam) that opens today. We’re looking forward to the 2.0 versions of the two spaces as well. PS: If you’re in Dadar today, drop by MRP for free cocktails from noon to 3 am.
Melodies from the Merasi
A special folk music concert lit up a grey, rain-soaked Tuesday, thanks to the tunes of Merasi musicians of Rajasthan as part of a India Culture Lab event.
The Merasi tribe at last evening’s performance. Pic/Sameer Markande
For 38 generations, they have have composed, performed and maintained a vibrant, distinct folk music legacy that is on the verge of extinction. Called the “keepers of stories”, their narratives flow from generation to generation.
The group includes singers across age groups who dance and play several instruments that enthralled the audience in the Lab’s Vikhroli auditorium.
Back to school
Recently, a school in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia had a couple of special guests. Our Malad-girl-in-Hollywood, Freida Pinto and First Lady Of The United States, Michelle Obama dropped in at schools meant for girl students in the African nation.
Freida Pinto with Michelle Obama
It was part of a visit to meet young girls in Monrovia to have them continue in school for Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative. Pinto is part of a number of humanitarian causes, especially with girls’ education and women empowerment.
We wonder what Pinto and Obama would have spoken about. Acting? Politics? Or, chatter about the social causes that need a push. Either way, we love this frame.