I have shot him as a kid as well as a
star. What I see in him is the energy
and determination that probably his
grandfather [Raj Kapoor] had.
Ranbir calls me Uncle and he is one
of my favorite actors. I wish him
well, but I know that he will do well.
He is destined to make very good
films. I think he will get into direction soon and surprise everybody.
He will probably restart the RK
liked this picture of J R D Tata simply because it was done at short
notice. His book Keynotes was about to release and this
photo was for the cover. A prominent photographer had
taken his pictures, and I thought they were very good,
but they showed his age. He was in his mid-80s then.
But I realized every man has his vanity and he wanted a
younger-looking picture. That was the first time I used
a soft focus filter on the camera — since then the soft
focus has stuck with me — to clean up his face a bit. In
the 1980s, we did not have Photoshop; you had to do
everything with lighting and filters. During the shoot I
realized what a wonderful man he was. He gave me an
hour and behaved exactly like I wanted him to for the
picture. We had a lovely conversation on cameras and
import-export duties. A few months later when I met
him in Delhi, he recognized me and said, ‘I really loved
the pictures that you had shot of me; at least I don’t
look like a thermos flask.’
IJ R D TATA