I always knew Aamir, but we got back in touch due to the Coke shoots last year. Besides, I also did a Filmfare cover with him, as he was promoting Mangal Pandey.
Over the year, I was constantly in touch with him. So I sent him an SMS that I wanted to shoot him for my calendar, and he agreed. He invited me over to Mehboob Studio to discuss the concept. He was shooting for Coke there.
I told him I would like to shoot him as the Indian version of Robin Hood. I felt the intensity of his face and eyes suited the concept. Besides, Aamir keeps changing his looks, and the calendar has a one-year desk value.
If I shoot him with his Rang De Basanti look, the picture may look dated by the end of the year, if he changes his look.
This picture will make him look timeless.
Aamir was very busy through the year, and couldn't give me a date. Finally, he called me up a day before Diwali and told me he was free only on Diwali. I had a studio pooja on Diwali. Though I had committed for the pooja, I thought this would be an amazing Diwali gift to myself. He gave me time between noon and 1 pm. Noon was the mahurat for my pooja. But I delayed the pooja and met Aamir at fashion designer Arjun Khanna's house. Arjun did Aamir's outfit for the shoot.
Aamir later told me he did this calendar shoot only because he loved the concept. I've wanted Aamir to feature in my calendar for the last two, three years. But due to lack of contact with him, I could not convince him. This is the first time Aamir has featured in a calendar.
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