For most photographers, working as an assistant to a veteran is what ends up defining their careers. But for Mangesh Pawar, who worked under the renowned Jagdish Mali for two years, it was his keenness that led to him establishing a full-time independent career by 1998.
“It was definitely great working with him, but no one can teach you everything. You must watch and learn. Everything from lighting to coordination, movement, moods, lighting and even the way a photographer thinks come from your own observations,” notes Pawar.
A third-generation photographer, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Pawar’s favourite themes are people and fashion. He firmly believes that there is always scope for one to improve.
It was a pleasure for me to capture Kareena’s splendour, timeless beauty and grace. She is one of my favourite faces. I love low-key lights, black and white images and Kareena’s simplicity impresses the camera. Her eyes are very emotive.
‘Caught him in a happy mood’
I decided to capture Dhoni in a happy mood because while shooting, I noticed how pleasant his expression was. To me, this picture conveys that mood very
‘Black and white aspect is striking’
Working with Vikramji was a great experience. The concept of the shoot was explained to him and he visualised the final image according to daylight ambience. The black and white aspect is striking because it helps a sense of reality to come through. The best part is that I had to shoot only five frames to get good results.
‘He brings a smile to a billion faces’
This was a dream come true for me. It was an opportunity to shoot Sachin Tendulkar’s portrait for my personal collection. He is a man who brings a smile to a billion faces with just his presence.
‘I captured him relaxing’
I shot Shah Rukh Khan between rehearsals for a popular award show at Andheri Sports Complex. He’s an excellent person to work with — no tantrums and very co operative. I didn’t ask him to pose for me. Instead, I just captured him relaxing. This was at the time when I was assisting Jagdish Mali.