Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) In what must rank as a very rare honour and privilege, Bollywood’s well-known DOP (Director Of Photography) Aseem Bajaj, who has to his credit the cinematography of “Chameli” and “Gol Maal Fun Unlimited”, has partly shot the eagerly waited Steve Jobs biopic “JOBS”, releasing here Aug 23.
Bajaj shot the portions showing Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs visiting India.
Said Bajaj: “Yes, I am the Indian director of photography for ‘JOBS’. I shot with Ashton Kutcher.”
He said that he had a “beautiful” time working with the film’s DOP Russel Carpenter, who had done the photography of James Cameron’s “Titanic”.
“It was a huge honour for me to work with this legend behind the lenses. It was also an honour to work with the film’s director Mr Joshua Michale Sterns. Not too many Indian technicians get the chance to work with such stalwarts. I am humbled,” he said.
Aseem did the cinematography for the Indian portion of the storytelling in “JOBS” when Steve Jobs came to India in the 1970s in search of enlightenment and nirvana.
Said Bajaj: “We shot in Delhi and Vrindavan. It was just three days shooting, but such a learning experience for me. Their work method is so unique. They are such evolved people.”
Incidentally, working with international cinematic icons seems to run in Bajaj’s family. His wife, director Leena Yadav is the only Indian to have shot with Ben Kingsley in “Teen Patti”.