Celebrity and fashion photographer Vickky Idnaani says he takes after iconic photographer David Hockney. Mouthing Hockney’s lines he says, “I have finally figured out what’s wrong with photography. It’s a one-eyed man looking through a little hole. Now how much reality can there be in that?”
The lensman, a JJ School of Arts graduate, started his career by shooting frames of Madhuri Dixit for M F Hussain’s film Gaja Gamini (2000). Four years on, Vickky hosted his first exhibition featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif. “My most fond memory is that of Rekha cutting the ribbon at my studio’s inauguration. Though I haven’t shot with her yet, her coming here was good enough,” he says.
Despite that, Vickky says his favourite work is to shoot newcomers at his Versova studio Kkosh, and give them good launchpad portfolios. His advice to budding photographers is “to be what you want to be, do what you want to do and don’t get bogged down by others expectations of you.”
She was like a diligent child
Helenji isn’t an icon and a legend for nothing. She is full of an amazing sense of humour and a good dose of fun and frolic. She shared stories on how she got her styling tips from Go-Go boys of yore. I remember, the minute she sat for her make-up, she was like a diligent child with a single-minded devotion. She changed expressions with the click of a finger and displayed a kaleidoscope of emotions. Her joie de vivre intact, she asked me to mail her the pictures to show her husband... so he could fall in love with her all over again!
Child artistes-turned- stars are known to live lives that are fully deluded. Thankfully, this isn’t true with Ayesha. She is everything they don’t teach you at a photography school. Ayesha is refreshingly real and extremely sure of herself. Her infectious smile and brandy-laced look makes her a well brought-up child-woman. She is almost blue-blooded in her behaviour.
Neetu is a girl-next-door with whom you can play noughts and crosses. She can be a circus on two legs; she has a vivacious verbal wit and a hundred tricks up her sleeve. She has done some meaningful cinema and has proved herself as an actor. One minute she is a cute kid and the next minute, she can be smoking hot.
This picture defines me
This picture is not so much about its models as it is about the person who sanctioned it — a stylish French woman with a surname that commands respect, Simone Tata (wife of N H Tata). She comissioned me to shoot for a new collection of Westside. This picture, in a way, defines me. It shows the play of colours and has a grungy look that I love.