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City pays tribute to fallen hero On 30 June 2013 Wing Commander Darryl Castelino's body was laid to rest at Our Lady of Egypt Church cemetery in Mumbai. Thirty-eight year old Castelino of the Indian Air Force, who was piloting a Mi - 17 V5 during rescue operations in Uttarkhand, died when his chopper crashed. He had rescued 300 people affected by the flash floods in Uttrakhand. The deceased pilot's body was flown to Mumbai on Saturday for the funeral service and burial on Sunday. Over 300 people had gathered for the ser-vice including Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and officers of the Air Force.

Above: Air force personnel carry the coffin of the late Wing Commander Darryl Castelino at St Anthony’s church in suburban Mumbai on 30 June 2013. He lost his life when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

Bijlee’s struggle finally comes to an end

Modi comes to town

A girl mourns the death of Bijlee. She passed away on 30 June 2013 in Mumbai after suffering for 19 days. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly. Ailing elephant Bijlee, who was reported to have been found collapsed on the Mulund-Bhandup link road a few weeks ago, died in the early hours of 30 June 2013.

cued by two NGOs, Animals Matter to Me and RAWW, along with local volunteers from Mulund in Mumbai.

Bijlee was unable to walk for over According to media two weeks due to sources the elephant degenerative joint had been abandoned disease and a magby its owners and was got infested wound res on her hind leg. She was unable to

bear her weight and had been strapped on a crane to occasionally help her stand. Doctors had been especially flown down to treat Bijlee. At first she responded well to the treatment, but eventually succumbed to her ailments. In an interview with our correspondent

Ganesh Nayak of Animals Matter said that Bijlee was a temple elephant who was made to walk long hours and made to beg. Her ill -health, according to him, was due to neglect and exploitation by the owners. Bijlee was buried at an undisclosed location in Mumbai.

Bijlee's owner Ramdevi Goswami has another young elephant called Laxshmi (18) who, like Bijlee, is also obese. Animal activists have expressed concern for her future health and suggested that the state rehabilitate the elephant. (Contd on page 2)

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses members of the audience during a book launch in Mumbai on 27 June 2013. Ashish Vaishnav / Mumbai Weekly Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was in town recently to meet industry heads and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. According to media sources, Congress leaders in the state crit-

icised Modi's decision to meet industrialists, and not the common man.

uddhe. Last month BJP announced its decision to appoint Modi to steer its national election campaign next Modi was also present year. The move at the launch of the caused a rift with erstbook Beyond a Billion while BJP ally Janata Ballots by SahasrabDal United (JDU).



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City pays tribute to fallen hero

Jacinta Olivera,(centre) mother in law to Darryl Castelino, mourns his loss. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly Right: Late Wing Commander Darryl Castelino’s son Ethan (7), holds a cross during the funeral procession at St Anthony’s church in suburban Mumbai on 30 June 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

200 crores seized at railway station

Kalam makes an appearance in the city

Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam wears 3D glasses during a demonstration by surgeons at the Centre for Excellence for Minimal Access Surgery Training (CEMAST) in Mumbai on 1 July 2013. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

On the night of 1 July, the National Investigation agency and the Mumbai Icome Tax department impounded four trucks outside Mumbai Central railway station. According to media reports, the trucks were loaded with 150 bags containing over 200 crores of unaccounted cash, diamonds, gold and other jewellery. The seizure was made minutes before the consignment was taken to Ahmedabad. Around forty men who were carrying the bags were held for questioning.

Policemen stand guard as people allegedly involved in hawala racket are made to climb onto a truck outside Mumbai Central Railway Station after a raid by government officials on 1 July 2013 night. According to media reports 150 bags containing around Rs 200 crore were seized by the officials. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

Bijlee’s struggle finally comes to an end

Volunteers help load Bijlee’s body onto a truck at an open ground in Mumbai on 30 June 2013. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly Right: A volunteer tends to Bijlee’s wounds at an open ground in Mumbai on 27 June 2013. The wounds on her body had become infested with maggots . Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly

S i m i l arl y, a m ahout i n Vashi was de t ai ned when pol i c e found t he el eph ant beggi ng nea r t he rai l wa y st at i on. R ecent l y, P l ant s and Ani m al W el far e S oci et y (P AW S ) Mum bai has l aunched a cam pai gn, 'S av e J um bo' t hat encour ages ci t i z en s t o u p l o ad p i ct ures of an y capt i ve el ephant s i f t he y encount er one i n

Mum bai , Navi Mum bai or Thane. B ol l ywood super s t ar Am i t abh B achchan t oo was m oved b y B i j l ee 's pl i ght and t weet ed, ' "B i j l ee " t he el ephant t hat we w ere hel pi ng t o survi ve, di ed t hi s m orni ng! S ad. Now anot he r, La kshm i , i l l . Tr yi ng t o hel p her t oo. ' Dr Yadu raj Kh adpekar of W i l dl i fe S OS has warn ed sa yi ng,

'La xshm i i s t wi ce t he wei ght she shoul d be. S he i s bound t o m eet B i j l ee's f at e. ' A ct i vi s t s seem enraged b y t h e fa ct t hat despi t e pers i s t ent com pl ai nt s agai ns t B i j l ee's owners, and or t he fact t hat t he el ephant was al l eg edl y m ade t o beg, t he forest dep art m ent di d not i nt ervene i n al l t hese ye ars.


MW No respite as Mumbai witnesses another building collapse

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rescue a victim from a building collapse in suburban Mumbai on 4 July 2013. Sumedh Sawant / Mumbai Weekly On 4 July a single storey structure that functioned as a garment factory warehouse in Bhiwadi collapsed. According to media reports 6 people were killed and another 39 injured. A few days later, two survivors, Israful Wakilmiya Chudihar (24) and Mohammad Sahbuddin (23) succumbed to their injuries at Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, taking the toll up to 8. Reports indicate that the collapse may have been caused by an unplanned illegal structure on an already weak building. Twelve fire engines and personnel of civil defence and home guard were part of the rescue ef-

forts while the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also visited the site. The previous morning, 3 July, factory owner Prem Panjabi had told workers that would have to finish an order by the next morning. Therefore, all 45 of them working roundthe-clock when at around 12.35am the building began to shake and the electricity was affected. Finally the building crashed. The Fire department had already been engaged in rescue operation and was joined by the National Disaster Response Force by 3 am. The team worked through the night,

NDRF teams discuss strategies at a building collapse site in suburban Mumbai on 4 July 2013. Sumedh Sawant / Mumbai Weekly along with the local police, to rescue those trapped under the debris. Those rescued were rushed to the Thane Civil hospital. This is the third building collapse in the district this year. According to news reports, the police has booked 6 persons - Arihant developers Sanjay and Hasmukh Dedia, contractors, Chinna and Munshi, architect Ravish Dhuru and building owner Prem Panjabi - under sections 337, 338, 304(A) and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These include culpable homicide not amounting to murder and negligence. The police have arrested Munshi and Dhuru. The remaining accused are ab- NDRF teams find a victim at a building collapse site in suburban Mumbai on 4 July 2013. Sumedh Sawant / Mumbai Weekly sconding.

Landslide adds to city’s monsoon woes

Raj Thackeray in a soup

Firemen carry a victim from a landslide on a stretcher in suburban Mumbai on 10 July 2013. Sumedh Sawant / Mumbai Weekly A landslide at Antop Hill in Central Mumbai has killed five persons. According to media reports, the deceased have been identified as Ramavatar Pawaru Kevat (45) and his son Sandip Ramavtar Kevat (22). Later in the day, rescue workers also recovered the bodies of Sultana Shaikh (25) and her children Arif and Rizwan who were two and half years and 18

months old respectively. The incident is reported to have taken place at Devram Chawl near Shaikh Mistry Dargah at 7.40 am on 10 July. As per news reports, a senior official has blamed the heavy rainfall saying that it resulted in two large boulders rolling down onto five huts. According to him the rain had loosened the soil, leading to the boulder rolling

off. It was a difficult rescue operation as narrow lanes made it cumbersome to operate JCBs. Eventually, rescue workers had to remove the debris manually. In a news report, Narendra Barde, assistant commissioner of FNorth ward, stated that the area had been notified as landslide-prone. He further added that the residents had been asked to vacate the premises during mon-

soon. According to reports, BMC data has identified a number of landslide prone areas. These have jumped from 178 last year to 263. Majority of these are in S ward (Bhandup and Vikroli). According to information sought by RTI activist Anil Galgali more than 200 people have died in landslides in Mumbai in the past decade. In 2009 a major land-

slide in Sakinaka had killed 11 and injured 13. After the incident the government had constituted a committee comprising Mumbai Slum Improvement Board members, the Collecterorate, BMC and state housing officials with a mission to survey landslide-prone areas. According to their findings, 20,036 hutments were at a risk, of which 9, 657 needed to be evacuated with delay.

Raj Thackeray at a function in suburban Mumbai on 9 July 2013. Ashish Vaishnav / Mumbai Weekly According to media reports, a Delhi court has issued bailable warrants against an investigating officer of the Delhi Police for failing to inform the court about the progress of an First instance report (FIR) against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

chief Raj Thackeray for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the people of Bihar. As per reports, in September 2012, an FIR had been registered against Thackeray under sections 153 (promoting enmity between differ-

ent groups on grounds of place of birth, residence, etc) 153 B (making imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (statements conducing public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).



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OPINION: Of heartbreaks and tragic beauties

A memorial of Jiah Khan during her condolence meet at suburban Mumbai on 7 June 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly Jiah Khan was a beautiful woman. And her suicide has added a tragic dimension to that beauty. We seem to like remembering beautiful and vulnerable women who were unable to cope with life's upheavals. Much Jayshree Kewalramani has been said of Bolly-

wood starlets and fashion models to who have taken to suicide: from Parveen Babi and Silk Smita to Nafisa Joseph. In each of the above instances we have examples of women who were beautiful, unhappy with the fickleness of

love, and alone. Statistically speaking, in India, suicide is the second most common cause of death. According to a study published in the medical journal Lancet India's suicide rate is 16 per 1,00,000. The study

also revealed that while men were likely to commit suicide due to work and financial reasons, women are likely to take to suicide for reasons linked to relationships or domestic abuse. This revelation is in

keeping with patterns that define our discussions on not just male and female Bollywood stars but our own neighbours, friends and relatives. Shahrukh and Aamir Khan films are compared in terms of box office collections,

while Kareena Kapoor and Katrina are more likely to be in the news for their love lives. Our expectations of women revolve around their relationship to men. There are very few examples of those who we evaluate in other terms - such as Vidya Balan. In sports, we have had an inspiring example in the form of Mary Kom. But these are exceptions.

able to being single. And that is what is missing from the current debate. Yes, Bollywood is a cut-throat place but so many ordinary women kill themselves every year that one needs to examine the larger question of why that is the case. Is it that they derive their self-worth from these relationships or that women are expected to continue in abusive relationships?

In the recent month, the focus of attention has been specifically on Suraj Pancholi and his role in Jiah Khan's suicide and whether or not he can be held responsible. But not enough has been said to bring attention to how women, in general, perceive their own happiness and whether or not this needs to be corrected. Jiah Khan's alleged suicide note speaks of how she was willing to put up with her boyfriend's dalliances and lies. This is a familiar pattern of so many relationships that it would seem as if being in an unhappy relationship is prefer-

Maybe the script needs to change and not everyone needs to find themselves someone to love at the end of every Bollywood film. Maybe getting that job that you love or terminating an abusive marriage is what needs to be celebrated before the credits roll. It's all those other choices that we can make that need to be highlighted so that girls can Jiah Khan can walk out on bad relationships instead letting themselves be undone by them.

The above views are personal views expressed by the author.

POINT OF VIEW: Cosmetic change or tough stand?

Mithila Joshi Indi a r ea ched a s i gni fi cant m i l es t one i n ani m al wel fa re r ecent l y by e arni ng t he di s t i nct i on of bei ng t he fi rs t S out h As i an count r y t o ban t est i ng on ani m al s i n t h e cos m et i c sect or. The B ureau of Indi an S t andards (B S I) has decl a red chem i cal and product t est i ng on ani m al s a puni shabl e o ff en ce u n d er t he Drugs and C os m et i cs Act and t he Ani m al C ruel t y A ct . Though t hi s i s a deci si on wort h cel ebr at i ng for i t s i nt ent i on and t he di rect i on it is headed i n, on car eful cons i der at i on one begi ns t o s ee t he l oophol es. The ba n wi l l h ave s om e re al i m pact on t he cosm et i c i ndust r y onl y i f i t out l aws not j ust

ani m al t est i ng of cosm et i cs produced wi t hi n t he count r y, but al so t he i m port and sal e of cosm et i cs t hat have b een t est ed on ani m al s el sewhe re. Thi s wi l l keep Indi an cosm et i c com p ani es from out sourci ng t hei r product s for ani m al t est s t o pl aces where i t i s l egal , and t hen i m port i ng t hem back i nt o Indi a. That ani m al ri ght s are b egi nni ng t o gai n such a posi t i on of prom i nence in t he m i nds of t he l awm akers i s a l ong overdue but v er y wel com e dev el opm ent . There i s st i l l a l ong wa y t o go, howeve r. Ani m al ri ght s act i vi st s have b een fi ght i ng t o m ake ani m al wel fa re i ssues a pa rt of t he publ i c consci ousness for ye ars now. The exi st i ng l aws t hat are i n pl ace t o s afegu ard ani m al ri ght s are arch ai c and r edundant . The cl auses of t hese l aws, l i ke t he P rev ent i on of C ruel t y t o Ani m al s Act , 1960, were wri t t en de cades ago and t he sm al l sum offenders ar e expe ct ed t o pa y as penal t y m a y hav e se em ed

A model gets her make up done during the Lakme India Fashion Week in suburban Mumbai on 24 March 2013. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly l i ke a h eft y fi n e i n t he 60s, but t oda y i s val u ed as m ere poc ket change. A r evi sed versi on of t he l a w was propos ed b y t he Ani m al W el fare B oa rd of In di a i n 2011, but i t was neve r pass ed. Le gi sl at i on asi de, i t i s t he peopl e at

l arge t hat need t o be sensi t i z ed t o ani m al i ssues. An i m al s are s t i l l ex pl oi t ed t o ea rn m one y for t h ei r owners, a nd ar e t hanked wi t h subst andard ca re i n ret urn. T ake t h e case o f B i j l ee, t he 58 -ye a r -ol d el ephant who succum bed to ill heal t h re cent l y,

aft er her owne rs fai l ed t o provi de her wi t h ne cessa r y and t i m el y m edi cal assi st anc e. Accordi ng t o m edi a report s, t he doct or t r eat i ng B i j l ee i n her l as t da ys cl ai m ed t hat she was not kept on a proper di et and was f ed an y-

t hi ng her owne rs at e, i ncl udi ng fri ed food, whi ch l ed her t o becom e obese t o t he poi nt where he r hi nd l egs wer e una bl e to support he r wei ght . Ther e were al so seve ral unheal ed wounds across he r bod y, whi ch added t o her wo es. B i j l ee, l i ke s o m an y ot he r

ani m al s i n Indi a, was m ade t o b eg for al m s on t h e st reet besi d e he r owners. Nei t her t he governm ent nor t he peopl e can wo rk i ndependent l y o f each ot her t o en sure ani m al w el fare i n Indi a. P eo pl e ne ed t o b e m ore p erc ept i ve of ani m al abuse i n

t hei r ever yd a y l i ves and act t o bri ng a st op t o i t , backed b y st rong l aws t hat wi l l appropri at el y puni sh t he abusers. T h e a b o v e vi ew s are personal v i ew s e xp r e s s e d b y th e a u th o r.


Monsoon mayhem in the city


A girl runs as waves break on Worli sea face in South Mumbai on 26 June 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

Children look outside a school bus in suburban Mumbai on 6 June 2013. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly

People help push a scooter through knee-deep water at Milan Subway in suburban Mumbai on June 6 2013. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly

A passerby shields herself from the rain at marine drive in Mumbai on 2 June 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

In stark contrast to last year, monsoons have arrived earlier than expected. The heavy downpour has brought

much-needed relief. Monsoon in Mumbai brings to mind images of waves breaking at sea-front

promenades, children playing in the rain, vehicles stopping along water-logged roads, traffic jams, de-

layed trains and the ubiquitous umbrella. For three months every year Mumbai gives itself over to

grey clouds, sombre blue light, and unpredictable downpour and delays.

Competition heats up Lakme Winter Fashion Week Auditions

Models await their turn to walk the ramp during the Lakme Winter Fashion Week Auditions on 2 July 2013. Ashish Vaishnav / Mumbai Weekly Kataria Puri, among others.

Models await their turn to walk the ramp during the Lakme Winter Fashion Week Auditions on 2 July 2013. Ashish Vaishnav / Mumbai Weekly Lakme Fasion Week (LFW) auditions concluded in Mumbai on 2 July 2013. Eighty-six contestants participated

in the event that has kick -started the careers of Bollywood leading lady Katrina Kaif and model Yana Gupta in the past.

The girls were rated on several parameters including poise, personality, confidence and their ability to embody the

designer's vision.The panel of judges at the auditions comprised fashion experts such as Vikram Fadnavis, Pria

Campbell, Candice Pinto, Alecia Raut and Surelee Joseph on the ramp for the Lakme Fashion Week Winter which will be held in Mumbai between 23-27 August.

They shortlisted seven finalists - Mumbai girls Pooka Bhamrah, Surabhi Rao, Parul Duggal and Akshi Khari, along with Olha Torovik (Ukraine), Reka Kuzma (Hungary) and Marcela Top designer Sabyasachi Sevcikoca (Slovakia). Mukherjee, also a Lakme Fashion Week discovery, is The girls will be joining the expected to showcase his likes of supermodel Naomi collection at the event in Au-

gust. The Lakme Fashion Week is not without its share of controversies. A few years ago Bollywood star Akshay Kumar created quite a stir when he walked down the ramp and asked his wife Twinkle Khanna to unzip his jeans.



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Indian Railways launch SMS ticket service On 28 June the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched an SMS ticket-booking service. In order to book a train journey one need only send a text message to one of the two dedicated numbers - 139 and 5675714. According to media reports Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said that he hoped the service would be especially useful for the common man who does not have easy access to internet and smart phones. He further hoped that the service would benefit migrant labourers as it would save them the cost of going to booking counters. A woman, seen seated in a railway compartment, yawns during a train halt in Mumbai on 10 July 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weekly

Tata power increases tariff

Given that the mobile phone penetration has improved rapidly in India with 80 per cent possessing a mobile phone, it is hoped that the new system will also help circumvent touts.As per new media, the minister reported to have said, 'The online booking through IRCTC has now grown up to about 45 per cent of total reserved tickets. This has east the rush at the counters.' In order to avail of the service one needs to register their mobile number with IRCTC as well as with one's bank. All text messages are charged at Rs 3 and payment gateway charges are Rs 5 for amounts of up to Rs 5, 000 and Rs 10 for amounts greater than that.

Taxi unions upset over CNG price hike

A taxi driver raises his arm to wear his shirt at a taxi stand in Mumbai on 1 July 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weeky

A crow flies past a electricity pylons in Mumbai on 4 July 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weekly

Mumbai housing most unaffordable A recent market survey conducted by real estate consultancy Knight Frank has revealed that Mumbai is the most unaffordable city in the country. Twenty-nine per cent of the city's under-construction units remain priced at over Rs 1 crore. This is against 11 per cent for National Capital Region and 5 per cent for Bangalore markets respectively. In Mumbai only 48 per cent of the under-construction units are priced below the Rs 50 lakh mark. Meanwhile, Bangalore has the most affordable residential market with more than 77

per cent of its underconstruction units falling below the Rs 50 lakh mark, followed by Chennai. According to the report, unrelenting price rise and concentration of premium projects has pushed the prices beyond the budget of most home buyers. Peripheral locations such as Mira Road, Ghodbunder Road, Panvel and Mira Road have had a slew of housing project launches in the last one year. However, the total number of unsold units in the real estate market has been steadily increasing in Mumbai.

A view of the Mumbai skyline as seen from a building in Mumbai Central on 3 July 2013. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

Taxi and aut o un i ons are upset over t he r ec ent hi ke i n t he pri ce of com press ed nat ural gas (C NG). The hi ke m eans t hat C NG wi l l now cost t wo

rupees m or e. Accordi ng t o m e di a report s t he st at e governm ent has assured t he publ i c t hat t here wi l l be no revi si on i n t axi and aut o far es t hi s

ye a r. A cco rdi ng t o m edi a report s t axi and aut o owners and uni on l eaders ar e l i kel y t o dem and a f ar e hi ke or a rol l back of t h e new hi ke i n C NG

pri ce. B ri hanm um bai El ect ri c S uppl y and Transpo rt (B ES T) i s al so report ed t o b e unhapp y wi t h t he hi ke, as i t i s l i kel y t o suff er a l oss

of R s 13.60 cror e due t o t he R s 2 hi ke i n pri ce o f C NG. The governm ent has al so announced a hi k e i n t he pri ce o f pi ped nat ural gas.



MONDAY, 8 JULY, 2013

Kangna shines bright on the cover of Stardust

Meeting of minds

Above: Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut poses for the media with the latest i s s u e of Bollywood entertainment magazine Stardust in on 25 June 2013. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly Right: Bollywood actors Amithab Bacchchan and Manoj Bajpai share a moment d u r i n g the trailer launch of upcoming Bollywood films Satyagraha in Mumbai on 26 June 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

Imran Khan dons a new look

Poonam Pandey at pole position

Bollywood stars Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan share a candid moment during a promotional event for their film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again in Mumbai on 28 June 2013. Ashish Vaishnav / Mumbai Weekly

Bollwood actress Poonam Pandey performs for the media during a song shoot from her debut film Nasha in suburban Mumbai on 19 June 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weekly

Bollywood beauty Sonakshi Sinha and her Once Upon a Time Mumbaai Dobara costar Imran Khan are all set to shake a leg and

recreate the magic of the popular Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh song Tayyab Ali Pyaar Ka Dushman from the film Amar, Akbar, An-

thony. The makers of the film bought rights to the original song. The new version has been com-

Chennai Express promotion in full speed Superstar Shahrukh Khan and his leading lady Deepika Padukone were on the sets of the television show Comedy Nights with Kapil to promote their upcoming film Chennai Express.

Director Rohit Shetty was also seen interacting with the stars of his film. Shahrukh, recovering from a recent shoulder surgery, was seen wearing a brace.

More recently, according to media reports, the star performed at the IIFA awards in Macau with his injured shoulder. Meanwhile, Deepika


riding high on the success of Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, plays the role of a Tamilian in the film. Chennai Express is scheduled to release on 8 August.

Left: Deepika Padukone has a candid moment on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil in suburban Mumbai on 1 July 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weekly Right: Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan pose for the media in suburban Mumbai on 1 July 2013. Biplov Bhuyan / Mumbai Weekly

posed by Pritam, written by Rajat Aroraa and choreographed by Raju Khan. The film is due for release on 15 August.


Youth shine at All India Tennis Tournament


Avril Saldhana returns against Sampada Bhiwadkar during the finals of the All Mumbai Ranking Table Tennis tournament in suburban Mumbai on 2 July 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

Charvi Kawle serves against Shweta Parte during the finals of the Girls Youth category in suburban Mumbai on 2 July 2013. Debadatta Mallick / Mumbai Weekly

Avri l S al dhana be at S am pada B hi wadkar 8-11, 11 - 8, 11 -6, 12 -10 t o wi n t he Mi dget Gi rl 's C at egor y, whi l e C ha rvi Kawl e be at S hwet a P art e 8 -11, 14 -1 2 , 11-7, 8 -11, 11 -7, 9 11, 11 -8 t o wi n t he yo ut h gi rl s si ngl es fi nal of t he J VP GC Al l M um bai R ank-

i ng t abl e t enni s t ournam ent hel d i n suburban Mum bai on 2 J ul y 2013. Top -seed S hwet a P art e had b eat en Akashi S anch et i from Andhr a P radesh i n t he sem i fi nal s wi t h 7 -11, 6 11, 11 -8, 11 -2, 11 6, 11 -8 t o m ove t o

t he wom en 's s i ngl es fi nal . C harvi Kawl e, m eanwhi l e, had t hrash ed her opponent S rusht i Hal eang adi 1 1 -4 , 1 1 -7 , 1 1 -3 , 1 1-6 . In t he m en 's s i ngl es t op -seed Am an B al gu st orm ed past Ni shaad S hah,

whi l e Noel P i nt o oust ed hi s oppon ent Eri c F ernand es t o rea ch t he m en 's si ngl es fi nal s . Am an scored a vi ct or y wi t h 7 -1 1 , 1 1 -9 , 1 17, 11 -5 whi l e P i nt o beat F ern andes 7 11, 11 -9, 11 -7, 11 5 , 1 1 -5 .

Fighters display their prowess at Brazilian jujitsu and submission event

Aishwarya Parab pins Tejashree Parab during submission wrestling match at the Evolution Grappling Indian Open tournament held on 7 July 2013 in suburban Mumbai. Aishwarya was declared winner at the end of the match. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

Aniket Phene (left) and Salman Junaid (right) grapple during a submission wrestling match at the Evolution Grappling Indian Open tournament held on 7 July 2013 in suburban Mumbai. Aniket won the match. The event was organised by Evolution MMA and Fight Factory at Oberoi Mall in suburban Mumbai. Seventy-two participants competed in 4 age categories and 5 sub-groups. Anushree Fadnavis / Mumbai Weekly

Bollywood Actor ties up with former Boxing World Champion Bollywood star John Abraham has tied up with former boxing world champion David Hayes for new fitness venture, JA Haymakers Fitness. The actor who is wellknown for his chiseled physique announced his desire to promote boxing across the country and is also reported to have said that he wished to make a film on boxing starring Hayes. Hayes is currently ranked world number three heavy weight contender by the Transnational boxing ranking board. He is due to open a gym in Dubai called Haymaker Gym.

In an interview with an Indian news daily John Abraham is reported to have said, ‘I’ve trained with David Haye and realised that we share the same passion for fitness and the sport of boxing. I’ve always endorsed a healthy lifestyle and look to pioneer a new trend in India in association with David.’ Starting off his career as a model, John Abraham has come a long way. Apart from acting in Bollywood films the star made a foray into film production last year with National Award winning film Vicky Donor, starring Ayushmann Khurrana.

starring Ayushmann Khurrana. During the event, John also spoke about the importance of staying fit and also mentioned that he had a long way to go before he could be happy with his fitness levels and physique. He also stressed on how boxing was a more interesting and fun way of staying fit and stressed the need for proper exercise amongst today’s working class people. Hayes stated that he was very excited about working with John on a movie.

John Abraham and David Hayes pose for the media during a press conference in suburban Mumbai on 26 June 2013. Francis Mascarenhas / Mumbai Weekly

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An online newspaper run by the photojournalism students of Udaan School of Photography

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An online newspaper run by the photojournalism students of Udaan School of Photography