Humans of MAMI


Humans of MAMI

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


very year at the end of the monsoon, an arsenal of wide-eyed, mostly broke, fully sleep-deprived guided missiles is aimed at Mumbai. They home in on an event with a pseudo-intellectual rating far higher than even the Kolkata Book Fair. This event is the annual MAMI Film Festival, and the mayhem lasts a week.

It’s the only time of the year when this otherwise overworked and often neglected nocturnal species, who go by the moniker “film buffs” get the opportunity to shine. One way to identify whether it is October in Mumbai is to train your ears: If you catch alien words like, “Hong Sang-soo”, “Abbas Kiarostami”, or “I wish Golshifteh Farahani were attending this year” randomly floating around in the air, you can be sure that the march of the monsoon is over.