"Watching a photographer in a chilled out environment, working in shorts,” was what prompted photographer Amit Ashar to take the leap. Passing out from Scindia School, Gwalior, Amit apprenticed under Sanjeev Angne for six years before he branched out on his own. When he is not shooting ad film stills, Amit explores the phenomenal magic of the “ordinary”.
‘He was so comfortable’
Kunal is a great guy and a dear friend. He has such an amazing face and a superb hunky physique too. On one of the shoots, when we were experimenting with different looks, I noticed him sitting in front of the mirror and having a moment with himself. I knew there was a picture there. He was so comfortable in that moment. The image is a reflection of him in the mirror.
‘Sonam handles it all brilliantly’
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra wanted me to shoot Sonam in a montage of images, which he was going to use in a song in Delhi 6. In the film, these are supposed to be shot by Abhishek quietly on his cellphone as he has fallen in love with her. His brief was: This is the girl you want to take home and show your mom for her approval. From such a superb sense of high fashion to such simplicity as seen in these images, Sonam handles it all brilliantly.
‘Dia’s like sunshine on a cold morning’
Dia is a very simple, affectionate and extremely pretty person. I think all that comes through in this really simple image of hers. She is like
sunshine on a cold winter morning — fresh, bright and warm, she lights up a room.
‘She is mad in front of the camera’
Maria is one of my favourite people. She, Arshad (Warsi) and I have been very close friends for about 18 years now. She is adorable and mad in front of the camera and in person. We have done portraits during both her pregnancies. This was during her second. She was glowing radiantly and I wanted this one to be a really soft and pure image, like she is as a person, along with a touch of vibrant colour.
‘The pleasure is in the details’
This image is a heady cocktail of my respect for the oeuvre of an individual and fondness for Saurabh Shukla as a human being. My ode to a quirky man who wears his heart on his sleeve. The pleasure is in the details, but decoding it is best left to the viewer.