Out & About
Smile, the World Is a Camera
Photographs by Madan Mahatta of the famous Mahatta and Co. photography store in Connaught Place. His first solo show captures a variety of moments on film, revealing a deep, lifelong love for photography. 11am-8pm (Mon-Sat). Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (4350-0200).
Beginning of the Genesis
An interesting collaboration by three Oriya artists: Sanjay Jena, Debashis Beura and Rajendra Narayan Sahoo with Dhara (Socio-eco-cultural Research and Communication Syndicate), a Bhubaneswar-based institution. The series of 10 paintings is based on creation myths of the Kondh tribe and other communities. Daily 11am-7pm. India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431).
Close shot: A picture by Mahatta
In Girish Kasaravalli’s Kannada film (with subtitles), a village situated in the catchment area of a dam site is under threat of submergence. One by one, the villagers start moving out until just one family remains: Duggajja with his son Ganappa and daughter-in-law Nagi. Even as the dam authorities keep warning them about the consequences, they decide to stay back in the village. 8pm (duration: 2 hours). India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4122-0000). Free.
If Larry Clark’s raw, controversial, documentary-style account of 24 hours in the lives of a group of New York early-teens is to be believed, we’d better watch and worry. Few of the kids seem bothered about anything except meaningless sex, whatever drugs or booze is available, and the odd bit of mindless violence. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour 42 mins). The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place, Parliament Street (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs 70.
The plot revolves around the trial of one Sawar Ramchandar, who is accused of having opened fire on two superior officers, Captain Kapoor and Captain Varma. Varma was killed on the spot, but Kapoor survived and is now a witness in the court martial proceedings against Ramchandar. As Bikash Rai, the righteous, sarcastic defence lawyer, begins to probe into these seemingly insignificant details, we are drawn deeper into the past relationship between Ramchandar and Kapoor, and an ugly tale of caste prejudice and violence emerges. 7.30pm. Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4122-0000). Tickets: Rs 50, available at the venue.
Lambe Din ka Safar, Raat Tak,
Written and presented to his wife in 1941, Eugene O’Neill’s hypnotic Long Day’s Journey Into The Night encapsulates the life of his own family in a drama that unfolds over the course of a single day at their summer home in New London, Connecticut, in 1912. The Hindi adaptation is directed by Dinesh Khanna. 7pm. Sammukh, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (2338-4531). Tickets: Rs 30.
German vocalist Schiefel builds the most intricate songs from scratch with the help of loop machines and a pitch alteration device. Having gained inspiration from classical music, 1980s pop and jazz, his genre-hopping act might be more of a novelty for audiences, but must definitely not be missed for his pitch-perfect voice alone. 6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (2338-8084). Passes are available at Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (2332-9506). Free.
Stalin K’s documentary, India Untouched, has a simple goal: to make viewers realize that untouchability, which is outlawed by the Constitution, is as much a reality of modern India as power cuts and booth capturing. Stalin digs out several examples to prove that the persistence of untouchability is one of the great failures of the Indian state. 6pm. Bhupesh Gupta Bhavan, Leningrad Chowk, opposite Shaman Ford showroom, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi (2437-4930). Free.
Shootout at Lokhandwala
On fire: a scene from Shootout at Lokhandwala
Releasing 25 May
On 11 November 1991, the anti-terrorist squad of Mumbai Police hunkered down for a five-hour gun battle with Maya Dolas and his gang, who were holed up in Swati Building in Andheri’s Lokhandwala Complex. More than 1,500 rounds were reportedly fired before Dolas was killed. This is the incident that Shootout recreates. Major cinemas.
Short Travel Flicks
This screening of 20-25 short films on the theme of travel in India sounds promising because of the venue—the terrace of a building on Marine Drive. Among the personalities featured are a kulchawala from Amritsar, an ice-candy man from Junagadh and a vendor of pink lassi from Bhubaneswar. The filmmakers will take questions after the screenings. 7.30pm. Terrace of Oceana Building, next to Marine Plaza, Marine Drive. Entry: Rs 30. Email Cyrus Dastur on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Bombay Pub Crawl
Harshad Daswani and Amit Khatau want to put a whole new spin on the term “social drinking”. They’re the founders of Bombay Pub Crawl, a group of people who may or may not know each other, who get together on the last Friday of every month to explore the city’s pubs and bars and make a few new friends along the way. To become a BPC member, you have log on to bombaycrawlers.co.in and send an email application. Membership is free and each crawl covers four watering holes in a specific area: two pubs or bars that people are likely to be familiar with, a dive-like establishment and a new joint. The Chowpatty crawl on 25 May will begin at pan-Asian restaurant East, hop to divey New York and the marginally swankier Café Ideal and end at lounge bar Karma. www.bombaycrawlers.co.in
C for Clown
29 May-30 May
No one who has watched Rajat Kapoor’s C for Clown has a bad thing to say about it. Reviews are uniformly flattering and many have watched it multiple times. It’s about clowns and it’s in gibberish. We get to sit in on a day in the life of four circus clowns. When one of them dies, the all-male group gets a replacement—a woman. The men don’t know how to react. Another reason to watch C for Clown is a first-rate cast. Experts in pulling faces and drollery, Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey share the stage with Kapoor, Atul Kumar, Sheeba Chadha.
Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs150.
Gay and lesbian
The Nigah QueerFest ’07
25 May-3 Jun
The festival kicks off with three days of films from all over the world—check out festival opener The Blossoming of Maximos Oliveros, a sensitive coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Maxi, who is torn between his love for his family of petty criminals and that for an honest policeman. The event then moves into Autoportraits, an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits of, and by, queer people. A workshop brings together the community to understand the ways in which Indian law—from inheritance laws to Section 377 to laws around HIV—affect queer communities. Film screening: Indian Social Institute, 10, Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road. Workshop: The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place, Parliament Street (4150-3436). Autoportraits: The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place, Parliament Street (4150-3436). Visit www.thequeerfest.com or email email@example.com for details.
A King’s Journey
One of the most anticipated events at Summertime for Prithvi is this shadow puppet play by Germany’s Theater Handgemenge. A fairy tale with a message for adults, A King’s Journey is about a monarch’s metamorphosis from an indifferent ruler into a benevolent one. A lazy king refuses to leave his castle to rule his subjects. He’s attended to by a sort of housekeeper, Ms Care, who chides him about abdicating his responsibilities. One day, the people of the town decide that the only way to get their monarch to leave his castle is to tear it apart. But instead of forcing the king out, their actions send him and Ms Care down a crack in the earth. The two find themselves in Australia. Puppeteers Peter Mueller and Annette Wurbs manoeuvre 70 cardboard and metal puppets, narrate the story and play music. 4pm & 7pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu Vile Parle (2614-9546). Free.