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Actors turn shutterbugs

Here’s a look at a bevy of Bollywood actors who have taken to photography with passion.

entertainment Updated: Apr 09, 2011 00:36 IST

Here’s a look at a bevy of Bollywood actors who have taken to photography with passion

Vidya Balan
Vidya’s love for photography began by being just a hobby. A source close to the 33-year-old actor says, “Vidya has always been fond of photography and began it as a hobby while shooting for Salaam-E-Ishq. But, over the last two years she has developed it into a passion. The source further adds, “Vidya loves taking pictures when she travels for shoots and other professional commitments.” Interestingly, Vidya’s passion began with a camera built in a phone, but recently she bought a digital camera and uses it regularly.

Boman Irani
Before taking up acting, Boman, 51, was a professional photographer and started his journey way back in 1987. Talking about his passion for photography, Boman says, “I have always wanted to be a
photographer. It’s a great stress buster for me.” His bio-data includes shooting high-profile celebrities, top models, various ad campaigns and portfolios that have launched many careers. His personal favourite, though, is black and white photography.

Parvin Dabas
Parvin, 36, was passionate about photography since the age of 12, when he first borrowed his father’s camera to take family pictures. The actor, who has worked in films like Monsoon Wedding, Khosla Ka Ghosla and My Name Is Khan, has a special love for underwater photography. He says, “I love photography and carry my camera wherever I go, even on shoots. It was in 2000-2001 that I started scuba diving that began my interest in underwater photography. I love indulging in it when I am free.”

Emraan Hashmi
Emraan Hashmi, 32, too, has a passion for photography. Hashmi, who will soon be seen in films like Murder 2 and Shanghai, says, “I never wanted to be an actor and always wanted to be behind the camera, may be an VFX expert. Photography is something I love from within. I have a professional camera that I carry along, whenever I’m on holidays. I keep on taking random pictures. Though this passion is for my self-satisfaction, I do have some pictures that I would like to exhibit some day.”

Sunny Deol
Sunny Deol, 54, surprised his colleagues and fans with his new-found passion for photography during the shoot of Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s directorial venture, Mohalla Assi. Deol’s hidden
talent for photography came to surface when he went photographing Banaras’ charm through his camera whenever he found time between his shots. Sunny says, “I have been fond of clicking pictures ever since I was a child and then got hooked to it. The first camera I used was of my grandfather’s. I love capturing moods and expressions rather than get too much into technicalities.”