“I started with Govind Nihalani’s Dev in 2004,” said Husain, who has also published Between Bombay & Mumbai, a collection of images of the metropolis. “Govind wanted me to co-ordinate with the art director during the shooting of a riot to ensure authenticity to the scene and bring what I had seen during the 1992-'93 riots,” Husain added. “That is how I started shooting on the sets.” Husain got a different perspective on popular cinema from being on the production floor. “As a journalist, you get a prim and proper and organised view, but when you are a part of the sets, you can see Bollywood from a different perspective,” he said.
Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Dev, directed by Govind Nihalani.
Hema Malini in Shimla Mirch, which marks Ramesh Sippy’s return as a director after 20 years.
A tailor in Kamatipura in Mumbai works under the watchful eye of Hindi cinema’s leading ladies from the black-and-white era.
“When I started shooting for the book, I focused on the behind the scenes, but when I started looking around and travelling, I realised that there is so much Bollywood beyond the sets,” Husain said. “People do all kind of crazy things to remember their favourite stars.”
At a dhaba in Bastar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan are used to indicate men's and women's toilets.
Star-studded kites for sale during Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad.