Urging the Bombay High Court to set aside its order directing filmmaker Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International (WWI) to vacate its Goregaon premises by July 31, the institute’s counsel said that it would pay the lease amount to the state government for its land. The counsel also said the film training institute was willing to appoint government officers from the Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation as directors on the WWI board of directors. Chief Justice Mohit Shah then said in a lighter vein “Don’t appoint government officers, you might lose your creativity.”
During a recent debate on the controversial hawkers’ policy about who qualify to be sons of the soil’ in Mumbai at the general body meeting of the BMC, a corporator raised a stink on municipal councillors who hail from Gujarat. This led to a heated argument, with the Mayor calling for a meeting of all the group leaders in his office and finally adjourning the meeting. While the corporator refused to take his statement back, he told the reporters, “It is important to take a political stand in some cases.”
‘Sound’ & Fury
At the civic general body meeting last week, corporators had raised the issue of ‘mismanagement’ by the civic administration in the hawker registration process. However the discussion, which went on for more than four hours, barely proved fruitful. It was mainly a ranting session that municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte was forced to sit through. Prior to the meeting, some opposition party leaders were even overheard asking each other what to say prior to the meeting. Senior corporator Pravin Chheda of the Congress was heard telling Samajwadi Party leader Rais Shaikh, “You raise the point, I will make noise following your lead.”
Although pictures can often tell a story words cannot, there are situations when photographers venture too far to capture their ‘subject.’ On the day when he tendered his resignation from the Prithviraj Chavan-led Maharashtra government last month, senior Congress minister Narayan Rane encountered one such incident. Media attention had been built up around the event with Rane having declared his intention to quit in advance. On the day when the minister was to resign, journalists, photographers, and cameramen had gathered at the state’s official guest house in South Mumbai, where he was to attend a final government function before submitting his resignation letter to Chavan. Photographers and cameramen tailed Rane the moment he came out of the hall, and ended up following him to the toilet facility at the guest house. Fortunately, Rane, who has never been averse to being the centre of attention, didn’t lose his cool and politely requested that he be left alone for a few minutes. Everyone shared a hearty laugh.
Water, water everywhere (else)
While rains have lashed the city and increased lake levels significantly, water cuts have still been plaguing parts of the suburbs. The latest victim of water shortage was Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care hospital in Jogeshwari, where inadequate water supply led to cancellation of surgeries for a day last week. The BMC-run hospital had to depend on private tankers for a few days, until the ward officer promised to send at least one water tanker daily for running the hospital. Water is an essential commodity required for washing after operations. “There is so much water outside with daily rains, but see the irony, we still don’t have water supply,” joked the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Sashikant Wadekar. For now, with a public tanker every day, the hospital is coping with the water cuts.