1 Missing Lovely
Director Ashim Ahluwalia didn’t seem very thrilled about the near-stampede at the screening of his film, Miss Lovely, at Inox. At a discussion, he mentioned that he would have liked the film to be showcased at a larger theatre. To make matters worse, the film’s repeat screening, which was scheduled to take place at Cinemax, Versova, on Sunday, was also cancelled.
2 Celeb spotting
Rajat Barmecha was lurking around Bhabha Theatre, when he told us what wasn’t keeping him busy these days. Unhappy with the kind of scripts he has been offered since Udaan (2010), the actor will now start working on a film with iRock. Imaad Shah made an appearance with his girlfriend, Saba Azad, for the film Rust And Bone. The rows surrounding him couldn’t get over his overgrown dreadlocks.
3 The kilometre long queue
In what seemed to have been the most patient crowd we have ever witnessed at a film festival, the queue outside NCPA’s Bhabha Theatre (for Rust And Bone) extended all the way to the other exit at the end of the lobby, up the staircase, all the way down and even further. Thankfully, the theatre seats over 1,100 people. The queue seemed to have made the guards so paranoid that they refused to let people enter even the waiting area ahead of the next movie, Outrage Beyond. An altercation ensued, followed by the logical step –‘ask the organisers’. The people were let in eventually.
4 Cancelled films to be rescheduled
After the screenings at Liberty were cancelled on October 20 and the show of Amour was also called off on Sunday, the Mumbai Film Festival’s director, Srinivasan Narayanan, posted a letter to all delegates saying: “We are ensuring the films get rescheduled. Just as the patrons wish to watch these films, the team has handpicked with the wish of having these films play in the city. This festival is the patrons’ film festival and the entire team is at work to ensure that the technical issues and format issues are sorted out as quickly as possible and screened for the delegates.”