A photographer’s love letters to Mumbai

A camel ride on Mumbai's Marine Drive in 1977A camel ride on Mumbai’s Marine Drive in 1977

Sooni Taraporevala is a leading Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker.


She is best known for writing films such as Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay. She also directed the National Award-winning film Little Zizou.

Since 1977 Taraporevala has photographed India’s western city of Mumbai in which she grew up.

These photographs celebrate the odd and the everyday and provide a significant contribution to the social history of one of India’s most diverse cities.

Her images, cutting across class and community lines, are an insider’s affectionate view. Her photographs explore one of the most populous cities in the world.

The works on display at an upcoming exhibition in Mumbai are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly within the landscape: a gentle mirror to the culture and politics of Bombay with the secret sideways glance of a casual observer.

The photographs are published in a new book, Home in the City, which will include essays by Salman Rushdie and Pico Iyer.

Lilliput (left) and Stellan Skarsgard on the set of The Perfect Murder, Bombay 1987Actors Lilliput (left) and Stellan Skarsgard on the set of a film in 1987
Gun battle at Cusrow Baug, Bombay 1985
A synagogue in Mumbai
A synagogue, 2012
Spectators at an air show on Marine DriveSpectators at an air show, Marine Drive, 2005
A security guard sits on charpoy at the Juhu Airport in 1982A security guard sits on a rope bed at Juhu Airport in 1982
On location while the movie The Perfect Murder was being shot in Mumbai in 1987A film shooting on location, 1987
Sarfu and Irrfan Khan blindfolded during a workshop on the film, Salaam Bombay!Actors Sarfu and Irrfan Khan (right) blindfolded during a workshop on the film, Salaam Bombay, 1987
Arists MF Hussain drawing at his home in MumbaiOne of India’s most famous artists, MF Husain at home, Mumbai 2005. He died in June 2011
A girl looks at the ocean while standing on a beach in MumbaiA girl looks at the ocean while standing on a beach, Mumbai, 2015
Men laughing while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festivalMen laughing while celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, 2016
Naseeruddin Shah (left) and Stellan Skarsgard smiling on the sets of a filmNaseeruddin Shah (left) and Stellan Skarsgard on the set of a film, 1987
A poster of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Congress party's centenary celebrations, 1985A poster of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the Congress party’s centenary celebrations, 1985
The navy band performs ahead of the premiere of the movie Janbaaz at Metro Cinema, 1986The navy band performs ahead of the premiere of the movie Janbaaz at Metro Cinema, 1986
Actor Raj Kapoor at the premiere of Janbaaz while a fan gazes at him, 1986Actor Raj Kapoor at the premiere of Janbaaz while a fan gazes at him, 1986

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