Rajan Kothari was a well-established Cinematographer. He brought life to a scene through his Camera. He did not limit his talent by being only a Cameraman. Rajan Kothari also learned the ropes of Direction and became one. Rajan Kothari was born in a trader's family that sold oilseeds and cotton. His grandfather faced loss in the business and hence Rajan’s father was forced to take another job to save his family from poverty.

His father took up photography that helped them survive. Rajan grew up among cameras and darkrooms and thus inherited his father’s passion and love for photography. He grew up watching movies of Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Keaton. Rajan’s uncle was linked with the Film Society, as he was a part of the music circle, Anandam. Rajan did not plan to become a Cameraman. He loved medicine and wanted to become a Doctor. Unfortunately, he did not get the required grades to get admitted to a medical college and hence chose Cinematography.

In the year 1973, he got enrolled in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), in Pune, to study about Cinematography. He was very much inspired by the works of Cinematographers Satyajit Ray and Subrata Mitra. As soon as he completed his graduation, he assisted Jehangir for the film Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye. Kothari then assisted Binod Pradhan for the movie Jait Re Jait and Ranajit Ray for the film Seeta Raati. In the year 1981, Rajan Kothari debuted as a Cinematographer for the film Maine Jeena Seekh Liya. He is accredited as cinematographer for movies as Well Done Abba (2009), The Memsahib (2006), Hari- Bhari (2000), Dil Kya Kare (1999) and so on. Rajan Kothari turned into a Director through the film Purush, in the year 1994. Das Capital Ghulamon Ki Rajdhani and Panga Naa Lo are the two other movies he had directed.

Sadly, Rajan Kothari passed away on September 26, 2012.

Praveen Bhat Hindi Actor

Praveen Bhat

Praveen Bhat is an amateur photographer, from New Delhi. He is one of the best fashion photographers, to the likes of various top stars of our country. Praveen hails from a Punjabi family, and he was born and brought up in Delhi. He did his schooling in Blue Bells International. He graduated in the field of Arts, from the Delhi University. After obtaining a degree, he landed at a job with the travel company, Virgin Atlantic. Bored with his routine life and because of his yearning to become a photographer, he quit his job and started pursuing his passion. Since he was the sole breadwinner of his family, Praveen’s parents were initially against his decision of quitting the job but were later very supportive. He is known for his unique style of capturing the models in an unusual way. Before the main photo-shoot, Bhat, and his team work on a rehearsal shoot. Praveen has set up his office in New Delhi, from where he works. His favorite mode is street and candid photography. Praveen’s debut camera work was with an advertising agency, for a campaign ‘Bachpan Bachao’, which went viral online. Praveen is currently busy shooting for both commercials and portfolios of stars. He started following his passion for photography, since the year 2008. He has clicked fabulous pictures for many top brands like Malabar Gold, Nikon, HCL, Liberty Shoes, Himalaya, and so on. Praveen clicks pictures for the magazine The Provogue and Satya Paul magazine shoots. He has told in an interview that the financial success of any art form is highly distraught and unpredictable if one doesn't know the ropes of the business. He says to become successful one should keep trying and be innovative. Praveen’s camera has clicked many Bollywood celebrities such as Neha Dhupia, Kalki Koechlin, Hazel Keech, Karan Tacker, Rohit Khurana, Jay Bhanushali and a few more. This handsome photographer is sadly not a bachelor. He got married to Reema Gulati Bhat, and the couple has a daughter, called Syra.

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