Posted On Friday, July 20, 2012 at 09:04:05 AM
Acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua conjured memories of bygone days when he was a student at FTII. He told your diarist how tough it was to manage finances with his shoestring budget. But help came from unexpected sources, Barua disclosed. His angel in disguise was PK Nair of NFAI, who out of kindness gave him odd jobs so he could earn some pocket money.
The gesture was appreciated, because by the end of the month, the cash came in handy for Barua. Nair would assign him the job of cleaning film reels at NFAI — for this task, he would earn a princely sum of Rs 25. This was unofficial of course and Barua wondered whether the old gentleman was paying him from his own pocket.
In the city to launch a website by NFAI to mark 100 years of Indian cinema, Barua also took the opportunity to constructively criticise the film industry, saying the world doesn’t know much about Indian cinema. He narrated an incident when a relative asked him which actor was dating whom — now, this got him
Lata Mangeshkar, who hardly steps out of her home these days, made a rare appearance in the pursuit of pleasures other than that of the fine arts.
It was the festival of Gattari, before the onset of Shravan, and the songstress with her close family members, indulged in some traditional Goan dishes at Suhas Awchat’s Andheri restaurant.
That the octogenarian still enjoys a healthy appetite was evident from all that she heartily tucked into – stuffed crabs, Nagpuri mutton, prawn biryani, dudhi halwa and caramel custard. Food for the body is sometimes food for the soul.