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Jayesh Seth has worked with most of the top Bollywood actors and actresses. In fact, he has also gone Hollywood, as Richard Gere stands tall in one of Seth's favourite pictures.

The lensman talks to Patcy N about life behind the camera.

I didn't know what to do in life. I finished my schooling and was job hunting.

After my schooling, a studio offered me a job as a finishing artist, as I was good at drawing. My salary was Rs 50. From there, I got a job in a dark room, and one fine day, I took to the camera. That's how I got into photography.

Recently, I branched into direction, and directed a documentary on Mughal-e-Azam. Soon, I will direct feature films. In fact, I have a script in the final stages, and am planning the music and casting. It will go on the floors by March.

I got my first assignment when I was 20 years old. It was the cover for Stardust, with Sunil Duttsaab.

Stars do throw tantrums, just like anyone else. Ideally, you have to convince them of what you want and what your expectations are. Sometimes, stars do say 'this is not working.' At that point, I keep cool, try to understand their problem and then solve it.

We have to understand that we are dealing with people with a hectic schedule and who face a lot of media pressure. They also have to face many issues. For example, when Dimple Kapadia returned to acting with Saagar, she was very stressed and insecure due to her divorce.

Akshay Kumar was my assistant for a year-and-a-half, long before he became an actor. He used to dream about becoming a hero but he did not have a film background He would accompany me to meet stars, and I introduced him to many people.

I also did his portfolio when I thought he is star material. I told him about his flaws and instilled confidence into him.

Take a look at Jayesh Seth's best photographs till date.

Design: Uday Kuckian

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