TRIBUTE TO PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS at Fahad Samar’s Book “Flash Point” Launch
Filmmaker Fahad Samar launched “Flash Point”, the second novel in his Mumbai trilogy for Harper Collins after the bestseller success of Scandal Point last year.
Flash Point is a thriller set in the world of the Mumbai paparazzi and the central character Zeeshan Haq is a young red carpet photographer who aspires to vault over the red velvet rope and become a successful fashion photographer someday.
For the launch event at Palladium Hotel, Atul Kasbekar had shot formal but fun portraits of 8 well-known Mumbai press photographers posing on the red carpet. The Photographers were Ashwini Sawant, Pradeep Bandekar, Prathmesh Bandekar, Viral Bhayani, Yogen Shah, Kedar Nene, Ashish Rane and Manoj Sharma. A short film was screened on the shutter bugs and they were then felicitated on stage. Kabir Bedi, did a reading from Flash Point, and invited all our guests to take pictures of these 8 photographers on their mobile phones.
Kabir also mentioned, ”I am delighted to be here for Fahad’s book launch as he is a truly gifted writer and an amazing chronicler of our times. Fahad’s book is from the point of view of a press photographer, No one bothers about the Photographer’s point of view, , a press photographer keeps celebrities immortal for years,” Kabir added….
This was a small tribute to these chroniclers of the red carpet who have spent a lifetime shooting celebrities and who had 150 of Mumbai’s movers and shakers click them in a touching role-reversal. Celebs who attended the evening were R. Madhavan,Nisha Jamvwal & Poonam Dhillon,
Rohit Roy & Mansi Roy
Reshma & Suleiman Merchant
Tisca Chopra, Simone Singh,
Sanjeeda Shaikh, Madhoo, Kabir Bedi, Rohit Roy,
Atul Kasbekar, Satish Shah, Kamal Sidhu, Ayub Khan, Queenie Singh,
Vatsal Sheth, Anaita Adajania Shroff and many more guests from the world of fashion, film and Mumbai high society……