Flash Back: With compliments, from Sivaji
This weekly photo-column recounts how an old, special photograph of a celebrity was shot and this week it is about Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan
Sivaji Ganesan sir is my most favorite actor. I was a huge fan back in the day, and remember fighting large crowds to get a ticket to watch his films first day first show. I cherish watching multiple shows of his films at the erstwhile Shanthi Theatre.
This picture was clicked during the filming of the movie, Jallikattu. We had just arrived at the location after finishing a schedule. As he was browsing through albums of photos we had shot at the previous location, he noticed one particular photo—this one—that I had taken of him with backlight, and wanted to know who had shot it. He appreciated me a lot. I felt like I was getting an Oscar. After that, we had multiple other photo shoots, but this remains my favourite. It remained his favourite too.
I remember him as an artiste who would give amazing photo shoot opportunities. But it was also a nightmare to work with him because his entourage and makeup men would always put on airs and keep you from doing your work. Such people around him not only made your work difficult, but also tried to scare you. Still, it was great to work with the great man.