When backing up data became child’s play..

Six Months! Six months is all I have spent in the company, but the experience I have gained has been immense. I am the one responsible for ensuring that all our official work is safely backed up after each and every shoot.

Things like renaming files (and when I say files, I mean hundreds of thousands of them) Initially I was completely baffled but slowly everything has been demystified.. Now I feel like I’m an absolute pro in my job.

So you need pictures shot ten years back?
No worries. Simply rub the lamp. The genie a.k.a. Kiran the ‘archiver’ will do the rest.

– Kiran Magare, Digital Asst. (Vikram Bawa Photography)

The day we shot the Twilight Players

I had been staring at my laptop screen for about an hour, cupcakes and a glass of milk lying next to me, thinking of what to write. I guess I was going through a case of writer’s
block. There is so much to write about everyday things that happen at work,
that it’s difficult to pick out one. So, I decided to just go through our
website vikrambawa.com. What I will say now is not because I work here, but because I truly feel this way: “I LOVE THE WEBSITE”.

Browsing through the videos, I came across the one on Twilight Players.


For the uninformed, Twilight Players is a team of three men, all boys at heart
– Sinbad Phgura, Ammo ‘Too Sweet’ and Jimi ‘The Quiff’. I never call them
dancers as that would just narrow their capabilities so much. They are
world class entertainers. They appeared with a BANG on the Indian scene in the
song ‘Pardesi’ of the movie Dev.D. They danced like no one ever had in
Hindi cinema. They, for a fact, made me want to learn dancing, and I did.

Check out the video to feel their energy. Styled by Jiah, this was an
awesome shoot. These guys wear shirts, trousers and suspenders – and dance.
Watch them being supremely animated and even playing tug-of-war. The video ends
with them looking super dapper. Trust Vikram Bawa to capture all this madness
in all its glory. Vikram shot photos and also made a stop motion video to go
with their dance style I have watched this video countless times, and still
can’t get enough.

And yes, you are welcome!

– Esha Kak, Brand Manager, Vikram Bawa

 

The shoot I loved

TBZ

This is my favourite jewellery shoot by Vikram.

Let me give you some inside news of what happened at this particular shoot.

The entire shoot lasted for more than 11 hours. Our sources confirmed that the Model, Vipasha Agarwal, was not at the best of her health. Then, a tiny mishap occurred, in which one of the light bulbs used by the production team just blew up and made a BOOM sound. Now that really scared the living daylights out of Vipasha.

However, Vipasha, the brave and courageous girl that she is, ensured that neither her illness nor the shock of the incident reflected in the gorgeous photos. A big kudos to Vikram, for ensuring that the ‘SHOW WENT ON’ and man.. what a show it was!

TBZ

See the pics for yourself!

The shoot was for TBZ and it won the 3rd prize at PX3 Prix De la Photographie, Paris. It’s not only award winning, but also one of those images which top my list of All TIME BEST PHOTOS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Megha Dave, Accounts & Adminstrative Manager, Vikram Bawa Photography

Prateik ‘Chaplin’ Babbar

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Found a video of the very talented Bollywood actor, Prateik Babbar in our archives.

We were lucky to have DNA go along with our idea and let us emulate the great Charlie Chaplin with Prateik. What a fantastic actor he is to have completely justified the role of the iconic Mr. Chaplin.

The talented designer Priyanka Karunakaran was on board to recreate the complete look and supervise the photoshoot.

 

Hats off to the Films team for making this video so realistic.

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE!!

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Vikram Bawa walks in,

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We show what we “think” is the  Final Image to Vikram

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Day 57

Vikram Bawa walks in.

Vikram: “Guys Woh Pehle waali File Better Thi” (Guys, the previous one was better.)

And, life goes on until we create something like this, to please our sweet perfectionist boss that Vikram is.

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Worth the wait isn’t it?

– Subak Patwardhan  – TEAM CGI.

Kunwar Vikram Singh Bawa!

“Can we call it ‘K’?” The next obvious look on my face came with an obvious curiosity, “Does ‘K’ have any significant meaning in your life?” Like I said earlier, it was an obvious question. Initially, his reply was, “Nah… Just……!” But after repeating my question, thrice, he finally blurts it out, “My name actually is Kunwar Vikram Bawa. By lineage, my great-grandfather was a big zamindar in his days. So I am a Kunwar, you know, the Prince, before partition and all. And when I was born, my name originally was Kunwar Bawa, based on our holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, and then came Vikram Singh Bawa, and then the ‘Singh’ dropped off from there, and it became the popular version that it is today, Vikram Bawa. So I have been toying with the idea of using ‘K’.”

This wasn’t the end though. For those of you who don’t know this, when our boss walks into his office, he bows his head in front of the small mandir, does one parikrama with the ghanti in his hands, and then suddenly turns into a workaholic, with an incessant need for chai and food. That reminds me of Brad Pitt from the movie Ocean’s Eleven.

And then another conversation kicked off, definitely not about the marketing plan, but about names, numerology, astrology, followed by a long discussion on “What’s in a name?” (Vikram will elaborate on this later).

Vikram Bawa is a conversationalist, and loves to talk and debate about anything and everything. Like we have ‘connect the dots’, Vikram Bawa has ‘connecting thoughts’. With another thoughtful smile, yet another profound conversation starts, about God, spirituality, and the things he likes to do apart from holding the camera. And if you haven’t guessed it yet, his second love is driving. It is his second love because it took him 30 thoughtful seconds to answer this one. His wish list includes being an F1 driver, the oldest maybe.

Vikram Bawa on the driving seat reminds me of the popular song by Billy Joel, “Downeaster Alexa”. Well, minus the wife and children part, nonetheless. And if you have been in his car, with him on the driver’s seat, you know his speedometer never shows anything lower than 140! That’s Vikram Bawa, the Speedoholic!!

A meeting is how the conversation started, discussing the marketing plans, strategies and action items… Oh! We were actually discussing Twisted Heads, a quarterly coffee table book by Vikram Bawa!!!

So now you know how our conversations in office are: one thought, and another one, and then, yet another one, exactly like this blog post.

Think I’ve forgotten what we were discussing, and what I’m supposed to be writing about…

– Surabhi Pratap, Sr. Manager – Marketing & Communication, Vikram Bawa