A standard shoot:
Star, manager, stylist,hair stylist, make-up person, PR agency rep,photographer, assistants, production unit,unit hands, props, studio, camera crew,lights and sets.
An Aamir Khan shoot:
The star, a photog-rapher.Natural light, no make-up, jeans and a teeand his inimitable range of expressions.That’s it! We say this just in case anyone isstill wondering what sets this Khan apart.25 years in the industry (40- if you count hisacting debut at age 8), and he remains trueto himself, his craft and his conscience. Inhis interview, Aamir talks with pride aboutcelebrating 25 years in the same year thatIndian cinema completes 100 years.The annual Cannes International Film Festivaltoo is celebrating 100 years of Indian cine-ma. From invitees, jury members, brand am-bassadors to trespassers, this year’s Cannescontingent from India was a colourful mix.The red carpet saw more sarees, lehengas,nose-rings and maang tikas than a Punjabiwedding, with both guests and gatecrashersturning up in large numbers.India is waking up to global recognition andwe have no doubt that it’s a heady feelingfor our desi entertainers to share carpetspace with famous thespians. Sure, ourCannes special feature separates the wheatfrom the chaff, but we doff our collectivehats to the sheer effort Bollywood ho-humsmade for their 15 seconds of flashbulbs inthe French Riviera.Our take-home from the entire brouhaha isthat if you believe in yourself, make somenoise because, as author John Ortbergsays, “We’d like to be humble, but what ifno one notices?”