Saturday, December 10, 2011

CSB Xclusive! Rajeev Govinda Pillai

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[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

When an Indian makes it to walk at the London Tommy Hilfiger ramp, consider that it is no mean feat. But that’s what Kerala-born 29 year old Rajeev Govinda Pillai did. It is no surprise then that he has walked all major Indian fashion weeks including Lakme, Wills, Couture et al.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai [Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai [Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai
[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda PillaiWhen I came across Rajeev’s pictures, it immediately clicked that he is a perfect fit for the CSB Xclusive! series. And Rajeev was more than happy to be the next CSB Xclusive! guy. During our interaction, when he revealed that he is now doing movies and two of his films were out this year with two more releases out to be soon, my jaw dropped! Ever since I shifted to Mumbai, I have not been keeping track of Malayalam movies, hence was not aware of the new faces. No wonder he has got an impressive count of fan followers from Kerala.

Before modelling, Rajeev was practicing dentistry at a clinic in Cochin and it was one of his patients who suggested him to pursue modelling. But Rajeev didn’t want to limit himself to Kerala and he decided to leave for Mumbai to try his luck.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

He got his initial break from fashion designer, Chaitanya Rao. After that there was no stopping for him. He takes proud to have been part of all the major fashion weeks and I see no reason why he shouldn’t be. The photographs shared by him evidently testify that he has got the right attitude and physique to make it big in the industry.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda PillaiUnlike other models, Rajeev doesn’t have a personal trainer. Working out was always a part of his life and he keeps himself updated on fashion and grooming by watching fashions shows from the west and reading lifestyle magazines.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

Rajeev is passionate about cricket and has played till minor counties in England during his post graduation days. He is now undergoing vigorous practice session for his stint in Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) scheduled to start from January 2012 in Sharjah.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai [Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

Having left an impressive mark in the modelling world, Rajeev is optimistic about becoming a sought after film star. However, he is also aware of the reality that nothing is permanent in the showbiz field. So when all the glitter settles down, he plans to go back to his dentist clinic which is now run by one of his friends.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Rajeev Govinda Pillai

Thank you Rajeev for taking time out for CSB and for sharing these amazing photographs. Wishing you many more successful movies and hope you will be the next South Indian actor to make transition to Bollywood.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Bangalore Gay Pride March Montage By Amar Mitra

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[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

Last week Bangalore celebrated their annual gay pride march and 25 year old Amar Mitra, a freelance cinematographer, was one among the many who turned up to show their support and participate in the walk. But then he ended up doing much more than that; his assemblage of photographs that captured the ebullient spirit of the march is now garnering wide appreciation.

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar MitraAmar (in the photo), who has a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia with a film production minor, was instantly inspired by the regalia of colours at the parade.

“Being there, I realized everyone had their own unique story. There was so much to say, so much to be heard. I decided to capture the uniqueness of each person, costume, vantage point. I wanted my pictures to feel personal. Set against the pride itself, I wanted to make each fabulous person stand out. And that’s what I tried to do.”


[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Photography [Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Photography
[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Photography

The way each shot brings out exuberance is just amazing!

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Bangalore Pride

“I shot on a canon 550D through a 50mm prime and a 55-250 telephoto,” Amar explains. “Mostly telephoto to stay far enough to capture the true essence, but go close and get personal.”

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Photography

[Image] Crazy Sam's Bloginess: Amar Mitra Photography

Below is a video-montage from the Bangalore gay pride march - shot, edited, compiled, graded and coloured by Amar.

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Amar is now planning to pursue MS in Digital Cinema or MFA in cinematography. So would he be interested in capturing Mumbai Pride Week scheduled in January?

“Sure! I would love to, if someone wants to sponsor my stay. I have never been to Mumbai, so I should wait and see what happens.”

The photographs and video featured in this post are used with permission from Amar Mitra.

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