Being the first one of the many BMM festivals to come, Polaris makes sure it has to kick-start the quintessential BMM spirit onto freshers and seniors alike. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Polaris decided to delve into faux-nostalgia by choosing the theme ‘Vintage’. The theme was appropriately brought to life with the inclusion of vintage cars like Bentley and Chrysler within campus. Also, the fact that trophies were real vintage vinyl records totally helped their cause. Not to mention, old-school telephone booths, model airplanes and the college’s own vintage look that accentuated the theme several folds.
Day one’s events kicked off with the film event – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. And no, students didn’t have to make westerns. But they had to incorporate three qualities in their characters (say, naive, delirious, optimistic). SIES, Nerul, being the auteurs among us, took the cake in this event. The Tug of War event had a lot of female takers and Jai Hind won this event by the landslide. Quite literally so. The final highlights of the day were ‘Showtime’, a dance-drama-Q&A mishmash and of course, ‘The Amazing Race’, an exhaustive treasure hunt held throughout South Bombay.
Day two saw a more relaxed atmosphere. The events seemed to resonate that as well. The sports events (Football and Dodgeball) were huge huge crowd gatherers. This was followed by ‘Sugar Coated Times’, the tongue-in-cheek journalism event and ‘All the World’s A Stage’, the drama event. The Mockumentary event was hands-down the crowd favourite featuring interesting takes on everything from History to Steve Jobs to Cake. This event was won by Jai Hind. The band event called thew ‘The Banned Event’ took an ironic turn when the event was cancelled, much to the dismay of the headbangers.
Day three started on a musical note with the band event strumming classics from Beatles to Bob Dylan to Aerosmith. The promotional event for the movie ‘Tere Bin Laden’ drew a lot of takers with Fake Bin Laden doing rounds of the Wilson College campus. Junkapella – the signature Wilson whimsical band event and crowd favourite, left a trailblazer of mass frolic. The film event of the day was ‘Lights, Camera, Stop’ involving movies made solely by stop-motion animation. The dance event saw some decent non-mainstream performances.
Following close on the heels of the FIFA World Cup, Polaris fared awesomely on the excitement quotient. The major events saw contingents chanting their code names, blowing their Vuvuzelas (no, this actually happened) and flashing neon signs among other hullabulloos. The fest started it all ended with the first three spots taken up by K.C, Jai Hind and Xaviers, respectively. And as mockumentary legend, Borat Sagdiyev would put it, the fest was a “Grrreat Success!”