Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Labour of Love
Some of the city’s noted connoisseurs of art and culture gathered last week at the Royal Opera House for the premiere of ‘His Father’s Voice’, the 105- minute, English romantic-drama feature film, produced and acted in by Ashwini Pratap Pawar and her husband – writer, director and cinematographer Kaarthikeyan Kirubhakaran – who has also directed the film.
Pawar – a younger cousin of NCP MP Supriya Sule, (their fathers are brothers) is a classical dancer and artiste, who taught at the prestigious Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, before settling in Pondicherry – described the venture as a labour of love, when we spoke over the weekend about the warm reception the film had elicited.
“It’s the poignant story of a gifted male dancer, separated from his musician father in childhood, who must return to him, to be able to dance again. But interwoven in its theme are questions of race, gender, traditional wisdoms from the Ramayana, and the heartache of fathers separated from their offspring,” she said.
According to the artiste – described by many as a ‘free spirit, steeped in culture’ – ‘His Fathers Voice’ grew almost organically in to a film on the three-acre garden that she and her husband had lovingly nurtured around their home in Pondicherry.
“Since the story was about an American couple deeply inspired by Indian Classical Music, who along with their son Kris, live inside a music and dance school in Tamil Nadu, we needed many foreign actors to essay the main roles, and finding them within the Auroville community was easy. Also, many of my paintings are used in the film to enhance its theme, and in fact, Kaarthikeyan wrote the story out of much personal wisdoms and experiences that we have jointly shared, in our personal journies,” she said.
With four premieres already under their belt and the positive reception from Mumbai, the couple is looking forward to enter their labour of love into many festivals in India and abroad, as well as for more mainstream releases.
“More than anything else, the film underlines the healing power of the arts and nature,” Pawar signed off.
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According to insiders, this much-awaited wedding of the Mumbai-based scion of a leading clan of industrialists is going to push the envelope as far as big fat destination weddings go.
Not only will it fly 600 of chosen guests from across the world to an oil-rich Middle Eastern country – which until now has been regarded as off bounds for such celebrations (including alcohol etc) – but what’s more, the festivities which will be hosted by a member of the country’s ruling family itself and will be held in the middle of a desert far from civilisation, and feature every conceivable luxury and entertainment known to man, to make it one of the most memorable and OTT wedding parties the world has ever witnessed.
Of course, the fact that the country has long been condemned by international watch bodies for its human rights violations and regressive policies is neither here nor there. When you have the rulers themselves as your hosts – anything goes…
Husains, Gaitondes and Birkins!
He may be incarcerated in a high-security UK prison, but fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi and his expensive tastes still continue to make news back home in India. Later this month, collectors of luxury goods and art will have the opportunity to bid for some of Nirav’s prized possessions, when Saffron Art, on behalf of the deputy director, Directorate of Enforcement, Mumbai, will be auctioning pieces of his estate. Some of the works attracting interest are MF Husain’s ‘Battle of Ganga and Jamuna,’ from his Mahabharata series, which is going for ₹12 crore-₹18 crore; a portrait of a lady (untitled) by Raja Ravi Varma, going for ₹2 crore-₹3 crore; Amrita Sher-Gil’s iconic boys with lemons (₹12 crore-₹18 crore) which is a non-exportable treasure; and VS Gaitonde’s Zen-inspired oil on canvas abstract for ₹7 crore-₹9 crore.
But what is said to have caught the fancy of many women are the half-a-dozen or so versions of the Hermes Birkin bag in its various colours and skins (no, none of Ostrich skin though, unfortunately) and a dozen or so luxury watches, which point to an Imelda Marcos-like fixation with material goods.
But of course, the pièce de résistance of the Modi estate is none other than a breath-taking jubilee silver Rolls-Royce Ghost (registration year: 2010), for which the asking price is ₹75 lakh-₹95 lakh. Known as the most successful Rolls Royce ever created, the liner notes say that the successful bidder will have to pick up the car on and ‘as is basis from the auction house’ itself. Will someone actually buy a used Rolls from a government-sanctioned auction? That too from the estate of a man who is up to his neck in alleged financial irregularities? Stranger things have been known to happen …
NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate filed a charge sheet against Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar and hShivakumar's'associates in a Delhi court this week in a 2018 case related to laundering money and suspicious transactions abroad through shell companies, an official said. In its prosecution complaint in June 2018, the department claimed Shivakumar paid ₹5 crore to the All-India Congress Committee as well through his political associate V Mulgund in two tranches.
Vinai Kumar Saxena, who took oath as Delhi's 22nd Lieutenant Governor on Thursday, said he would work as a local guardian and citizens would see him more on the roads than inside the governor's house. Saxena, 64, was sworn in as the new LG of the national capital at a simple ceremony at Raj Niwas by the chief justice of Delhi high court, Vipin Sanghi.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed all sports facilities under his government to remain open for sportspersons till 10pm. The Aam Aadmi Party said on its official Twitter handle that the decision will allow athletes and players to practice till night. The order came after a report by The Indian Express which claimed the athletes and coaches were being forced to wrap the training at Delhi government-run Thyagraj Stadium earlier than the usual time.
Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna on Friday presented the first budget of the Yogi Adityanath government in its second term in the Legislative Assembly. Read here for live updates of the Budget The FM proposed a provision of ₹523.34 crore for the implementation of the scheme in Lucknow, Gautam Budh Nagar, Agra, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj for the safety of women under the Safe City scheme.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is conducting raids at residences of former Jharkhand sports minister Bandhu Tirkey in connection with financial irregularities in conducting the 34th National Games in 2011, people aware of the development said. Tirkey, who joined the Congress in 2020 and was appointed as working president of Jharkhand Congress last year, is in national capital Delhi for party meetings, an aide in his office said.