This is a great weekend for movie buffs as India’s most exciting film festival, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star will take place from Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1. In case you’re not attending, there are plenty of other things to do in Mumbai, from a concert by British pop band The Vamps, the inaugural event in a new series of music events by the NCPA and a tour of the city’s haunted houses.


Best in Stand-up

Let comedians Kunal Rao, Aditi Mittal and Deep Chhabria get some laughs out of you at Canvas Laugh Club’s weekly series of events.
When: Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26 at 8.30pm and Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at 8.30pm and 10.30pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Third Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

The Good Child

Funnyman Navin Noronha, whose shtick is joking about being a chubby, gay man, will perform a set.
When: Sunday, October 28 at 8pm.
Where: Backspace, Shop 120, Lodha Boulevard, near Majiwada Flyover, Sainath Nagar, Thane.

Happily Infamous by Vijay Yadav

Hindi stand-up comedian Vijay Yadav will take digs at his friends, family and Haryanvis in this solo show.
When: Sunday, October 28 at 8.30pm.
Where: Independence Brewing Company, Boolani Estate, opposite Citi Mall, New Link Road, Andheri (West).

For more comedy, see here.


Legacy: Sarod Music – Traditions and Evolving Expressions

Exponents of sarod from various schools of music will perform at this event held by music events organisation First Edition Arts. Listen to artists Shekhar and Abhishek Borkar, Irfan Muhammad Khan and Arnab Chakrabarty. Kolkata-residing musician and scholar Jonathan Barlow will provide an overview of the subject.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 5pm.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills lane, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.

Festival of Dhrupad

Listen to maestros of dhrupad at this two-day festival. On day one, catch performances by vocalists Amita Sinha and Janhavi Phansalkar, pakhawaj players Akhilesh Gundecha, Dnyaneshwar Deshmukh and Anuja Borude, rudravina players Murali Mohan Gouda and Heikel Ben Mlouka. On day two, listen to the Bihar Brothers, the duo of vocalists Sanjeev Jha and Manish Kumar, surbahar exponent Souravbrata Chakroborty and vocalists Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha.
When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at 6.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.

The Vamps

Listen to British pop-rock band The Vamps (pictured above), who will be in town for the Mumbai leg of their two-city tour. Sing along to such hits as ‘Somebody to You’, ‘Can We Dance’ and ‘Last Night’.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 7pm.
Where: Dublin Square, Phoenix MarketCity, Level 1, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Kurla (West).

Top Storey

The Mumbai-based five-man band will perform covers of pop, rock, Bollywood, Punjabi and Marathi songs.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 9pm.
Where: The Finch, Shah Industrial Estate, opposite Huntsman Building, Saki Vihar Road, Andheri (East).

The Secret Garden

The NCPA will unveil a new venue with this gig by Marhall and the Mischief, a four-piece, alt rock band from Mumbai.
When: Sunday, October 28 at 7.30pm.
Where: NCPA, entry through gate 3, Nariman Point.

For more music, see here.


‘The Vagina Monologues’

Watch director Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal’s long-running English production of Eve Ensler’s famous feminist play, which is hilarious and moving in equal parts. Various women characters narrate stories that cast light on patriarchal practices and daily violence against women.
When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at 6pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Third Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.

‘The Darkroom 2.0’

Three stories will be staged in this “immersive” piece of theatre in which audience members will be blindfolded and made to engage with the narratives by the actors. The stories are ‘Durga Poojo’ by an anonymous writer, ‘Kafan’ by Premchand and Manto’s ‘Khol Do’.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 7pm.
Where: Si Bambai, 105 Mumbai Samachar Marg, opposite Laxmi Vilas Bank, Fort.

‘Manto ki Mozel’

Directed by Navin Agarwal, Manto ki Mozel is a dramatised version of Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story ‘Mozel’ in which a Sikh man falls in love with a Jewish woman against the backdrop of the communal carnage that took place in India after Partition.
When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 at 7.30pm.
Where: Shankuntalam Studio, Plot 401, 402, opposite Tarapore HP petrol pump, near Oshiwara police station, Andheri (West).

‘Amar Photo Studio’

In this Marathi play directed by Nipun Dharmadhikari, Apurva and Tanu, who are in a relationship are in a quandary over whether to continue seeing each other to break up since Apurva must leave for the US to study. The story takes a strange twist when they go to Amar Photo Studio to get pictures for Apurva’s visa.
When: Sunday, October 28 at 4pm.
Where: Yashwant Natya Mandir, Manmala Tank Road, Matunga.

For more plays, see here.


Jio MAMI 20 th Mumbai Film Festival with Star

It’s time for the best film festival in the country. Watch the latest homegrown cinema as well as international movies that have won acclaim at major fests around the world. Some of the films worth watching include opening movie, Vasan Bala’s martial arts drama Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota, Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, Roma by Alfonso Cuaron, Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by the Coen brothers and The Wild Pear Tree by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. For the complete schedule, see here.
When: Thursday, October 25 to Thursday, November 1.
Where: Various venues.

Halloween Frightfest: ‘Phobia 1’

Spook yourself out the weekend before Halloween (Wednesday, October 31) by watching Phobia 1 (2008), the hugely popular Thai horror film involving ghosts. The film has four parts directed by Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong, Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom and Paween Purijitpanya. Three other horror films will be screened as part of this series, the Japanese supernatural horror flick The Grudge 2 and the Spanish horror movies Rec 1 and Rec 2.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 4pm.
Where: Hive, Prabhat Kunj, Shop 2, Ground Floor, Linking Road, behind KFC, Bandra (West).

For more screenings, see here.


The Bombay Ghost Tour: Midnight Haunted Cycle Ride

Cycle around the lanes of Mahim that contain houses thought to be haunted and listen to their spooky stories.
When: Saturday, October 27 at 10pm.
Where: The tour will begin outside Hindu Colony salon, 53 Vasant Bhuvan, DV Road, Dadar (East).

For more tours, see here.