The city of Mumbai has several different identities.
For some it is the city of dreams, the city of infinite possibilities.
For others, it is a city of struggle, a city that stops for no one
Yet, the one thing that truly enchants the city, is Bollywood.

 

Now Delhi feature :: India’s largest mural – Dadasaheb Phalke

The st+art Mumbai street art festival was organised in the months of November-December 2014 with artists from 10 different countries working extensively across several regions of the city. The largest wall of the festival, however, was painted by Mumbai based artist Ranjit Dahiya (Bollywood Art Project) on the MTNL Building.

 

MTNL Building, Bandra

This was the MTNL building in Bandra.
A mammoth structure which is visible from several parts of the city – from across the Sea-Link, even rooftops of Dharavi.
However, like several structures in our cities, it was run-down and in dire need of a visual intervention.
The image above is a picture of how it looked before the project was initiated.

On the  December 2014, Ranjit Dhaiya began work on the mammoth facade along with artists Yantr, Munir Bukari and Nilesh Kharade. 300 litres of paint were used just for the base coat of the surface. At 120×150 foot it is the largest wall attempted by the st+art India foundation.

 

 

Dadasaheb Phalke made the first ever full length feature film in 1913. He was instrumental in setting up the Bollywood industry that has become the lifeline of the city. Yet he remained a forgotten face in the timeline of this city. Through this mural, the st+art India foundation pays homage to Dadasaheb by using a structure of the city he so influenced, as a canvas for this portrait.

 

At 120 x 150 feet, the Dadasaheb Phalke mural is the largest mural of the country.
800 litres of paint were used with 2 boom cranes working in parallel for 10 days.
It was completed in 10 days.

Aerial Footage courtesy: Vishal Punjabi
Film by: tahska