Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Merchants of Bollywood – Press Call 12th January 2010

My friend Nandi’s birthday falls on January 3rd. As a consequence, she very rarely celebrates with a party. This year, however, she turned 40 (sorry Nandi) and decided to throw a “Bollywood”-themed party. The party was a massive success and we all had a great time (the pics can be found on my flickr stream). At the party, I happened to meet a lady called Shobha. She told me about her magazine – India Se – and was lamenting both the cost of photography, and the difficulty in finding photographers. We had a chat about me doing a shoot for her, exchanged business cards, and that was it… I thought. Then yesterday I get a call from Shobha asking me to come to the Theatre today to shoot a press call for a show that’s opening here tonight: The Merchants of Bollywood.

I agreed, and met her there today at 1:45pm.

The press call was an absolute blast – great fun, very high-energy performances from the extremely talented cast. All in all, a fantastic first professional photography assignment – and I hope I got some shots that Shobha can use in her magazine.

The show was started with some introductions and a little talk about the show and its’ origins:

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I will admit to not knowing who these people are, and for that, I apologise. Their names were used, but the performances that followed blew them out of my mind… here’s some of the shots that I managed to get:

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There was a short intermission whilst the dancers re-energised themselves and prepared for the next number. It was equally spectacular:

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My wife loves this next pic – it just looks like they’re having a great time… pure Bollywood!

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Once the dancing was concluded. The director (I think) gathered the cast and producers on stage for a group photo. Whilst they were getting in place, I took a shot of Shobha and her reporter in front of the stage.

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The lady in pink in this next shot was trying to organise everybody on stage into position for the main photo – this guy was just having great fun mugging for the camera (he was already in position – everybody else was arranged around him).

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Then, we finally got a couple of shots of everybody:

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This is Vaibhavi Merchant – she’s the Choreographer and the show is named for both her and her father Hiralalji Merchant. An official photographer was taking shots on stage and I snuck up next to her to grab this:

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Whilst we were waiting to interview Vaibhavi, we were lucky to catch a couple of technical rehearsals, me and another photographer who is working for the local promoter snapped a couple of naughty shots (I think we weren’t supposed to).

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Then it was on with the interview:

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Before a quick shot of the girls…

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And we were done for the day. It was a great experience and I look forward to hearing what they think of my pics. I’m quite pleased with them… but I’m not an editor. :)

2 comments:

Adam Lawler said...

buddy if that's your first go at doing this, you have a very bright future ahead of you!
Terrific mate.
Love to Trace and Lily

David Ford said...

Thanks, man. Coming from you, I consider that a huge compliment!

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