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Published: Vervemagazine.in, June 2014

Kickstarting Verve’s online ‘Candid Camera’ series, we bring moving images that tell a story. Keep looking

Ishika Mohan Motwane Photographer

Taken While shooting stills for a film called NH10.

Where About a 100 kms from Jodhpur in a village called Kherjerla.

Mise en scene “Gruelling night shifts, small lanes, thunderstorms, sandstorms, a tired crew and everyone trying to make the day count at about 3 am. The nights were filled with silhouettes and shadows and this night it began to rain.”

Inspiration “I always feel that the light men have it hard. They’re the first to come onto set and the last to leave. Not much of rest in between unless there’s a long shot, scene or some disruption. Then maybe you can see one of them catching 40 winks up on the roof!”

Photographer Ishika Mohan Motwane, married to childhood sweetheart and Indian cinema director, Vikramadtiya Motwane, took a turn from marine biology and environmental psychology towards photography in LA, zeroing in on film still photography after being given a chance opportunity by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She currently works on big-ticket films in India and India-centric international films like Slumdog Millionaire.