They Look Better In Print

Last July I got the opportunity, thanks to Rahul to shoot some pictures on story he was doing for Tehelka. The story itself "Dating a Gorilla" a take on the Indian Television industry was subsequently printed that same month.

Here are the pictures. I must admit the pictures do look better on the glossy white pages of a newspaper then on the pixilated screen of my monitor.

All the pictures in the story were taken on the sets of the Zee Television soap Tumare Disha.




The first things that strikes you on one of these sets is its size, sprawling over two level it has everything any saas-bahu potboiler would need, a mandir (for the shaadhi or the puja scene), a mock bar stocked with a series of interesting bottles of various sizes filled with colored water of course, a large drawing room, a staircase and a few fully furnished bedrooms to boot. You could actually live on the sets of one of these serials if you really wanted to.

Lights .....

The Camera starts rolling .....


"Quiet on Set !!!"


& Action !!!


Few Takes later it's back to the dressing room.

Getting Dolled Up.
Actress Zarina Wahab dolls herself up for the next scene

Out comes the fake moustache and beard

And that's a wrap atleast for me.

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amit varma said...

Outstanding pictures, Akshay!

n said...

love the blacknwhite right after the tehelka pages

Akshay said...

amit & N - thank you.

Sid said...


Sweet stuff. Still can't believe you take those pics man ;)

Ashu M said...

Congrats, Akshay :)

Garima said...

some great shots... the midshot portraits are especially very rich and evocative!

so this is the boring serial shoot you mentioned... small wonder, after all its ZEE !!