We created a dream world around her -- a brain wave of Rajiv Chudasuma from Marching Ants. The background looks like an illustration.
Mallika is very easy to work with. She takes the photographer's instructions very seriously. You have to keep talking to her. It is a very interactive session. If you keep quiet and shoot, she gets nervous, and she'll ask if the shoot is not going well.
I've shot her when she was a model as well. But we didn't do sexy pictures those days. Modelling shoots are usually when selling a product. When you're looking at a fashion catalogue, you look at the outfits, and the overall picture. Here, you're looking at the personality, the celebrity. The whole perspective changes.
Mallika is quite reserved as a person. She doesn't let people access her easily. Which is fair, considering the lives that these celebrities live. But she's always up to masti (fun). And still scared of my dog, Flash, when she comes to the studio.
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