Interview: Piyush Jha Talks About Mumbaistan


Piyush Jha, Writer, Mumbaistan

Admaker turned film director, Piyush Jha of Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar fame has added a new feather in his already overflowing kitty of creative pursuits. He turns fiction writer with his debut book – Mumbaistan. A collection of three novellas, the book defines crime-fiction complete with hardboiled heroes and femme fatales desperately trying to find justice within a crumbling, morally ambiguous city. The book was launched amidst much fanfare at Crossword, Inorbit Mall, Malad on September 6, 2012 in an event attended by Film & TV producer Ekta Kapoor, Actor Arunoday Singh and Director Sudhir Mishra. MumbaiMag talks to the newest writer on the block about both his passions – Mumbai and Mumbaistan:

Piyush Jha, Writer Mumbaistan
Piyush Jha, Writer Mumbaistan

Tell us about Mumbaistan – how did the change from telling stories on the screen to telling stories on the paper happen?
Piyush: I had been working on writing a story, Injectionwala, which after it was finished, read rather well as a novella. Encouraged by my wife, I went forward with this experiment, Bomb Day and Coma Man followed soon after.

There are talks about all the three novellas in your book turning into a motion picture soon. What is the action on that front?
Piyush: I have been caught up with the promotion activities but hopefully things will be formalized soon and announcements will be made to take things ahead.

What is that one thing that is common to the book and Mumbai?
Piyush: Once you’re in, you can’t leave either.

Since you love Mumbai so much and so do our readers.  Lets talk about our favorite city.

We asked… Piyush answered…
Three things that a first timer should see here The Sewree Christian Cemetary, The Afghan Church and The Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Where did you watch your 1st movie in Mumbai? Your favorite Theatre/ Multiplex now. First Film- Sena Cinema (earlier Defence Cinema), Colaba. Favourite Theatre- Movietime Suburbia, Bandra
Your solace spot in the city The Samovar, Jehangir Art Gallery
One festivity in the city that you will never miss Christmas in Bandra
Best thing about the city that always gets you back here The Vada Paos
Mumbai can be best tasted at Any Vada Pao/Pav Bhaji stall
The city’s bane Paver blocks on roads
One word for the spirit of Mumbai Alive’n’Kicking
An interesting eatery/ café that you discovered during your innumerable walks in the city Fellas Café in Khar
Should Mumbai become Shanghai? No way!
One recommendation as a Mumbaikar to the lawmakers Get with the times!
Symbol of the city’s religious tolerance The Haji Ali Dargah
One thing you always miss when you are away Vada Paos
One thing in the city that triggers the creative juices A long walk on the crowded streets
One thing India needs to learn from Mumbai Subah Uttho. Kaam pe lago.

It was fun and absolutely Mumbainostalaglic talking to Piyush. The book visits lots of those by-lanes that you and me may have peeked into and turned back on, a story awaits there. Go Mumbai, Grab Mumbaistan and tell us what do you think.What’s next from Piyush Jha, a film or a book?
Piyush: Two more crime-thriller novels coming up next year. Mumbaistan -2 being discussed. And of course, Mumbaistan – The Movie on the anvil.


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Story seeker - anytime, anyplace; after all stories are not always necessarily found in books. Chain reader, writer, blogger, books reviewer.


Reshmy Pillai

Reshmy Pillai
Story seeker - anytime, anyplace; after all stories are not always necessarily found in books. Chain reader, writer, blogger, books reviewer.