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Salaam Bombay

Film maker Sooni Taraporevala showcases the city of dreams through a collection of black and white photographs spanning four decades.

There is a sense of uninhibited, open rumination in her works, with her observations distilled through carefully practised casual ease and then served up languidly through her photographs and films. But through her rather textured repertoire, photographer, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Sooni Taraporevala, of iconic fame, courtesy Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, and the national award-winning Little Zizou, treasures her intrinsic connect to the sin city, Mumbai.

Of course, Mumbai is a city. Bombay is an emotion. So how has she harvested her emotional knit to the city through her career trajectory? “I am not sure my career has had a ‘trajectory’. It’s been unplanned, with things happening by chance,” she confesses. “I left Bombay in 1975 to attend Harvard as an undergraduate.

Shilpi Madan for New Indian Express

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