Very recently ,Shamiana on 25th September ,inaugurated a dedicated hangout in the grounds of store ‘Bliss’ in the suburbs of Versova,just off the new Metro station.Here,as Cyrus visualised,it will be an opportunity to keep the relationship between,short film lovers,directors and actors ongoing affair every weekend .The inauguration saw a large crowd gathered in the premises,including actors,directors ,Shamiana team members and some movie buffs like myself.
The event was opened with a short speech from Cyrus Dastur,putting across his vision for shorts films in India and what led him to launch this cafe.There were five films showcased,some being;’Mritak’ which is nominated for the national award,by this very talented young director Madhavi,’Tigerboy’,a heart wrenching Italian film of a boy who never let’s go of his tiger mask.My favourite being ‘Human’,directed and acted by youngsters(some in college),it sends across a beautiful message and so simply.Take a look,as to why I loved it so much.
It is a commendable effort from Cyrus,as he is trying to inculcate a culture ,which reminds me very much of how i feel whenever I visit the Prithvi cafe and theatre.I get to watch good ,innovative cinema,meet and interact with the actors and directors and generally just lounge around with ‘Chai’ and some scrumptious snacks.My only hitch,I wish there was a little more space in the cafe and more seating.It being an open air ,also might be a little problem during the monsoons.But this is just a start and I am sure the Shamiana group has many a things planned out for their cafe.Here’s looking forward to building a new cult.
|Building a culture|
|Look who is here!|
|For that perfect Cuppa!|
|Don’t they look yummy?|
|Just check the crowd|
|That moment when the photographer gets framed :)!|
|The crew and cast of Human|