Mumbai meri jaan
Watch out for arts and entertainment
With a host of movies lined up for release, a number of screenings and concerts planned and books and paintings ready for unveiling, 2013 unwinds
The city has been a muse to many filmmakers and 2013 will see this love affair continue. The common theme of Mumbai's underworld will mark a huge return with several gangster films, including Shootout at Wadala, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again and D-Day based on Manya Surve, Dawood Ibrahim and 1993 serial blasts, respectively. Ram Gopal Varma — the director of prominent films based on Mumbai's underworld such as Satya and Company — has moved to tackle the subject of terrorism. His film, The Attacks of 26/11, based on Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, will release in 2013. Also culling out of history is Neeraj Pandey, director of A Wednesday, with his film Special Chhabbis, based on the 1987 heist when a team of conmen acting as CBI officers disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs. Anurag Kashyap, before he begins shooting his dream period film based in the city, Bombay Velvet, will release Ugly, a thriller set in Mumbai, in 2013.
To commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema, National Centre for Performing Arts, Nariman Point, in collaboration with National Film Archive of India will screen classics every month. This should serve as a perfect opportunity to catch up on some rarely seen gems of Indian cinema.
Return of Mafia
Swedish House Mafia will return to India for the Mumbai leg of their tour on January 22 and an additional date in Bangalore on January 20. Their much-anticipated Mumbai concert on November 17 was called off following the death of Bal Thackeray. The gig, which was thus far being called One Last Tour, became One Last Detour for fans in India — specifically in Bangalore — shortly after the announcement.