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Paul Gasnier
Paul Gasnier
Paul Gasnier

At first glance, Paul Gasnier looks like any other exchange student roaming the streets of Mumbai with a camera. But under that shy exterior lies an adventurous and opinionated man who has some of most insane travel stories to share. I came across Paul on the web through the MumbaiMag Facebook page, discovered his ‘garam shutter’ photo blog and a few email exchanges later we decided to meet for coffee.

Aromas at Powai was the perfect setting for a midweek evening meeting and post some refreshing iced tea we were excitedly and animatedly talking about everything from his mom’s beautiful Olympus camera from the 1970’s that she gave him when he was leaving for India to why ‘Sarkozy had to go’ and how he spent a Christmas with a native Christian tribe in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. (Yes, he did! But that’s another blog post.)

Paul was raised in Prague, lived in Milan and London and completed his education in Paris. Currently he is in India on an internship for a few months and works with the French Consulate. This is his second trip here, the earlier being in 2010 – 2011 for a whole year when he travelled across India extensively.

That’s when he had the opportunity to meet Amitabh Bachchan and also act in a Bollywood film. And what a Bollywood debut it was! I had seen the photos on his blog but when I heard the story, I knew we had to publish it.

What strikes me the most about Paul’s photographs is that they have a unique gaze; a keen and observant eye that captures the tiniest of details but is still non-intrusive. Paul wants to pursue film making and is keen on working with film production houses in India. In fact, he is already working on his first short film about Mumbai.

After we discussed how he should see Holi in Lucknow, Diwali in Delhi and Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai and click some shots before he left for France, we strode off. As we were leaving the cafe, Paul showed me the 3 Bollywood posters he had sourced from a nearby cinema hall, a couple from Ishqzaade and one from Department. Ishqzaade because it had “lovely retro feel” and Department was special since in his short time here he had ‘already met Amitabh Bachchan and worked with Sanjay Dutt’, he said with a grin.

I’m glad he is sharing the story of his Bollywood debut with us on MumbaiMag.com. Wondering which movie can you spot Paul in? Find out in Paul’s first Mumbai Memoir.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.