The vibrant and sophisticated style of Bombay Art Deco
Some of Mumbai’s architectural treasures in The Art Deco style have just been inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Navin Ramani grew up in one facing the Oval Maidan, but it wasn't until much later, when he was leading walking tours of The Art Deco heritage in Miami Beach, US, that he drew parallels with the rich heritage he had left behind. His fascination with the sophistication and craftsmanship of the Art Deco Style in Mumbai and its ‘light, playful feeling’ led to the making of his book: Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey 1930-53, published by Roli Books
Image by : Roli Books from their book Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visua Journey,1930-53 by Navin Ramani
Built on a narrow triangular corner site, the EROS CINEMA (Churchgate, 1938) gives the impression of a docked ship. Designed by the architect Sohrabji Bhedwar, this plush cinema mirrored the extravagant sets, costumes and the stars of Hollywood movies. Bas reliefs inside the auditorium (right) depicts the story of filmmaking from script to finished film.