Photography happened to me by accident: Jitu Savlani

Jitu Savlani calls himself an accidental photographer. Before discovering his passion Salvani went on to try his hand at other professions like shipping, dealing in Italian marbles and even real estate.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2011 16:53 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

Photography happened to me by accident,” says celebrity photographer Jitu Savlani. It was during a summer course that the he discovered his passion. But even then, he went on to try his hand at other professions like shipping, dealing in Italian marbles and even real estate before he joined film production. It was then that he realised his “calling”.

He says, “I got an opportunity to assist a photographer. And I took it up for sheer curiosity. Who knew that this experience was going to change my life forever? I was immensely intrigued by the nuances of photography. I love the way pictures manage to speak a thousand words, as the proverbial saying goes. Capturing emotions felt so natural especially with my ability to connect with people.”

To be a good photographer he feels one also needs to be a ‘people’s person’. Savlani says, “I make friends easily and that puts my subjects at ease as soon as they walk through the doors of my studio. It’s been over 12 years in this line for me, and I still enjoy every shoot.”

‘Innocent yet sexy’
Jacqueline Fernandes has a sparkling smile. She’s a head turner, apart from being fabulous and stunning. She effortlessly goes from being innocent in one moment to being totally sexy, in the other.

‘Ajay is punctual’
I can never forget this shoot. This was the first time I was shooting with Ajay Devgn. I was so much in awe of him and I still am. He effortlessly brings on such intensity and character to a picture that’s it’s amazing. He’s a workaholic even at the peak of his career. He’s punctual and an absolute professional. I did all his body shots for Singham as well. I love the way his look changes with every film.

‘Cool and casual’
This picture was taken in Bangkok. We had just got off the sky train and were on the bridge leading to a mall. Ranbir Kapoor was so cool and casual about it. I still remember how every woman passing by turned around to look at him. I love the intensity he portrays in this picture.

‘She has faith in me’
This one is from a series of glamourous pictures that I had shot of Minissha Lamba. Mind you, it’s at a time when her film Kidnap had not started and prior to this, she was seen sporting just the girl-next-door look. Minisha has a lot of faith in me and was willing to break away from her pretty-innocent avatar to make her experiment with glamour.

‘She is so pretty’
I saw Dia Mirza for the first time during the Femina Miss India Contest in 2000. I just couldn’t take my eyes of her. She is so pretty and is such a wonderful person to work with. For me, this reflects the real spunky and energetic Dia.

First Published: Oct 31, 2011 16:20 IST