Chennai-based photographer G Venket Ram is a popular name in the advertising and film circle down south. However, that hasn’t deterred him from clicking Bollywood faces. “I bring out an annual calendar containing my best work. I also put together a calendar for the Celebrity Cricket League recently,” he beams. “ I enjoy commercial photography but I’m also inclined towards capturing images that can touch people’s hearts.”
For him, photography is about capturing light effectively on a subject. His advice for the amateur: “Composing beauty is what separates a snapshot from a photograph. Learn to see and capture beauty everywhere. And you have to have the eye for it to make it big!”
‘Composition is ethereal’
This picture was taken in Goa. It was noon and hot. Kangna was apprehensive initially but after the initial shots, she became relaxed. The composition, I feel, is ethereal: Kangna, the sea behind her and the flying fabric. It was held by a couple of my assistants standing on another rock.
‘Used sunset light’
I shot with Shriya for the recent Celebrity Cricket League at a resort in Hyderabad. The place had a vineyard-kind of feel to it, with a cottage behind. We used the natural evening light around sunset to get the mood for the picture right. I love the light enveloping Shriya, beautifully highlighting her hair and body. The backlit foliage also added a lot of value to the image. I think she looks marvellous here.
I first shot the maestro in 1996. I’ve worked with him through the years on numerous occasions after that. This shot was for an album cover. We wanted a sun-kissed evening feel to the shot. The set resembled a courtyard, replete with dry leaves, long shadows, and dark and sober colours around him. They enhanced the mood, offset by the flashy red colour of his guitar.
‘Here, she looks her sultry best’
We worked together 10 years ago for the film Boys. Genelia has a cute-girl image and we wanted to replace that with a funky new look. So, we worked on her make-up and styling. She carried it off really well and and here, I think, she looks her sultry best. Genelia is fun to work with. And she hasn’t changed as a person in all these years.
‘She adapted to India pretty fast’
Amy and I first associated on Madarasapattinam, a period film, which marked her debut. Working in India was new for her but she adapted pretty fast. Recently, when she was shooting for Ekk Deewana Tha, I shot with her again, this time for my 2012 calendar. I added an ethnic twist to her personality. Here the mood is sunny and Bohemian.