31 October, 2020

The Flash Is Off

He loved his art. But most of all, he respected his craft.

The Flash Is Off

It was a summer evening in Goa. Humid, sweaty, holed up in a crummy hotel room and guzzling cans of beer, we sift through racks of clothes to finalise the ‘looks’ for our cover shoot. Prabuddha Dasgupta, our photographer, and our cover girl (his muse, in the photo on below) Lakshmi Menon, were on their way, we were told. Prabuddha wanted to do the fittings himself. “That’s how he works. He likes to do everything himself,” said Zubair, his assistant, rolling a fag, a lesson he claims his mentor imparted.

Finally, Prabuddha arrives, rolls a cigarette, and gets down to the job. The airconditioning in the room has conked off, and the humidity is at an unbearable 90 per cent. He asks our stylist Nidhi Jacob what she has in mind, and she gives him the brief: sporty, chic, natural. Prabuddha meticulously sits through the process, as Lakshmi gets in and out of the outfits,...



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