While the world debates the historical accuracy (or the lack of it) of <em>Bajirao Mastani</em> or cribs about its not-so-strong script or disses its elaborate song-and-dance sequences, there's much to be celebrated about the film if we delve a little deeper.
He not only hated to admit his condition but was constantly bothered by what others were saying about him. He would tell us every now and then, "What will I tell people when they ask me about my health? That I am under psychiatric treatment?!"
Photographing Bombay has been one of my chief passions since I moved to the city about a decade ago. As Suketu Mehta writes in <em>Maximum City</em>, his magnum opus on the megalopolis, "There's no city as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident and sensation as this."
Bombay, with all its sights, smells, and sounds, is infectious. And the city is best captured unplanned, unrehearsed and unintended--like when you're looking out of a train or when you're stranded in traffic or when you're making your way through the teeming millions.