Malavika’s Mumbaistan: With Baba Ramdev and Sanju Baba

mumbai Updated: Jun 06, 2018 17:10 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
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(LtoR) Chef Vicky Ratnani with Sanjay Dutt and with Ramdev.

Two images featuring two totally different avatars of chef Vicky Ratnani in the same week. The quintessential Bandra boy had sent us the first from Delhi, where he had gone for the launch of what appears to be the latest instance of social media sloganeering, so popular in these times. “Baba Ramdev kicked off a press conference for Mission Fit India,” said Ratnani adding, “And, all the trainers, along with Suniel Shetty and Ramdev, did a yoga session on stage.” As for the second picture, featuring him with old pals and neighbours, Sanjay Dutt and his brother-in-law, music impresario Owen Roncon, he says, “It was an evening about food, music and great company.”

Guess some more yoga sessions would be called for after that one.

TRUE LIES

We all know of men who have behaved abominably and atrociously with the women of their families: brothers with a grotesque senses of entitlement who use manipulative cunning to trample over their sisters; uncles who molest their young nieces; and of course, husbands who cheat on and mistreat their wives on a daily basis. What is saddest about this is that wealth and fine education make no difference, and that misogyny and patriarchy are equal opportunity offenders, unaffected by pedigree and position. But, this latest act of unkindness has taken even the most cynical in the city by surprise for the sheer viciousness of its intent. It concerns a billionaire businessman and his glamorous wife, once noted for their jet-setting lifestyle and parties. Apparently, now that the two are estranged over the former’s alleged affair with a much younger woman, there is no love lost between them and the husband is doing all he can to humiliate and upset her. Recently, social circles were aghast, when he is said to have sent an official letter to members of an exclusive club requesting them to prevent her from participating in an upcoming annual event, of which she had been a regular fixture till now. “That he would put this down in writing, demonstrates the extent to which the bitterness and disrespect go,” said an insider, adding, “What makes people so callous, petty?” Indeed.

WTS WTM

What They Say —

“Actress Kangana Ranaut is advocating a ban on plastic.

— News report in yesterday’s papers

What They Mean —

“Of course, knowing Kangana, what she means is that audiences should avoid watching films featuring certain plastic-looking actresses in Bollywood; and producers should stop signing them for future projects too.”

STRIKING AND SENSITIVE TREATMENT

A still from the film First Period.

“I was approached by the NGO Dasra in association with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was keen to make a film where men were involved in the conversation about menstrual hygiene,” says film-maker and aesthete Mozez Singh, whose short digital film, First Period, released this week is receiving accolades from across the world. “So, my writer, Ishani Banerji, who had also written Aligarh, decided to flip the concept and write a story about a surreal dystopian place where only men exist and they have periods and how amazingly and efficiently they deal with it,” Singh said.

Mozez Singh.

First Period, with its striking story-line and sensitive treatment is an eye-opener for sure, in as much as it challenges the preconceived notions and provokes a strong response. “We wanted that comparison with the normal world to be hard-hitting,” he says. “Men need to be part of the conversation, so that it could be a universal conversation and not just one about shame and whispers amongst women.”

Once the film had been made, Singh had sent it to Twinkle Khanna , whose support he says has been invaluable. “She loved it and decided to come on board to launch it. She has written a beautiful story in her first book about this issue and also made a feature film on it, and has been a very inspiring voice in the conversation about menstrual hygiene,” he says. Since its release, Singh has received congratulatory messages saying he has delivered a very powerful comment on the subject. “Everyone needs to know that menstrual hygiene is a very serious issue and that it needs to be dealt with urgently and in a manner that will create an impact,” says the erstwhile Delhi boy, the scion of a well-heeled clan who had left it all behind to pursue his creative dreams in Mumbai, almost two decades ago.

First Published: Jun 06, 2018 17:08 IST