[EXCLUSIVE] Photographer on all that went into Rana Daggubati, Miheeka Bajaj's marriage ceremony amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Photographer Anand Rathi on what went behind Rana Daggubati, Miheeka Bajaj’s COVID marriage ceremony& 

It was simply yesterday that Telugu actor Rana Daggubati tied the knot together with his ladylove, Miheeka Bajaj. Theirs was a marriage that goals are made of and theirs was a celebration that was really certainly one of a sort. But whereas the couple appeared their happiest, the credit score for the gorgeous images goes to the group of Reels and Frames that captured among the most full of life, vital and memorable moments of the do.  

Speaking to Zoom Digital, photographer Anand Rathi, who can also be the founding father of the corporate, spilled the beans about masking probably the most anticipated weddings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On being requested about his expertise, Rathi shared, “It was a cocktail of experiences. The first three days were very chill and very homely and the wedding was, of course, a little bit more eventful than the rest of the days. But still, there was a very relaxed vibe overall.”

Sharing that whereas the marriage was totally different from what they’re used to masking, Rathi described the Rana-Miheeka marriage ceremony as a ‘exceptional marriage ceremony’ for the cool issue. He went on to share that each Rana and Miheeka don’t give out any quintessential superstar ‘vibe’. Explaining what he meant by that, Rathi stated, “Rana, especially, is like a cool dude. Plus, we are of the same age, so there’s a kind of reliability. There’s no over-the-top vibe and both of them are very warm. They go out of their way to ask have you eaten food, how you’re doing, are you rested and it was for every guest, we included. So it never felt like a celebrity wedding.”

As for the COVID-19 pandemic issue, Rathi assured that every one precautions had been taken to make the marriage protected for every body. He shared that whereas they quarantined in Hyderabad, everybody together with the company had bought their swab exams performed. 

Listing different precautions, Rathi maintained, “Each of us was swab tested, blood tested…minimal interaction, even our drivers were checked. Basically, no loose corners anywhere. Whenever we stepped out, we were wearing our N95 masks. And the guests were also tested, we were only interacting with people who we were sure had been tested negative. So, a lot went into ensuring that the wedding is safe for everyone involved.”

Because of the restrictions owing to the pandemic, the marriage was solely attended by shut family and friends members. Given that solely 40-50 company had been current, it meant that everybody there was somebody who mattered. “It was a much compact wedding, compared to our regular Indian weddings, which would be in triple digits number easily, even the smallest ones. It’s difficult in the sense that you got to keep an eye out for everyone and for whatever is happening. There were around 40-50 guests, so you’ve got to be really careful as to what is happening in every corner,” he stated, including that since they had been managing with a smaller group, it was necessary to be vigilant concerning the happenings within the environment.”

“Everybody who is there is someone that matters. It’s not like some far off distant cousin is getting emotional and crying, it’s pretty close. In that sense, we were always on our toes to get every moment possible and there were lots of them,” he defined.

Sometimes, it so occurs {that a} couple may need an concept about how they need their marriage ceremony to be captured however not the means and understanding to go about it. But for Rana and Miheeka, as Rathi defined, issues had been less complicated as each of them understood the technicalities. In Rathi’s phrases, whereas Rana thinks visually, Miheeka is well-versed with the occasion aspect of issues. 

“So, not just technicalities of the event, but also event photography, what kind of checks need to be done to shoot clean images, what the lighting should be like and the colour palette, so the visual aesthetics were solid from the start,” he stated, including that each Miheeka and Rana had been extraordinarily liberal when it got here to their inventive transient and trusted Rathi’s imaginative and prescient. 

“I guess that is what you’re seeing now, all of the moments have that emotional, happy, and excited quotient and that is who they are. They are not a regular couple, it’s not them. We just tried to do justice to them and the people and they were more than happy in their own zone,” he stated. 

Even although a group of 5 members had gone to cowl the marriage – two individuals on images, two on movies, and with Rathi multi-tasking between images, movies, and manufacturing, the group needed to assume and work like a nine-member group. 

While Rathi kept away from divulging many particulars from the marriage, he assured that Rana and Miheeka’s marriage ceremony wasn’t about a couple of massive moments, however one million small ones. “Many small things made the wedding what it was, the way the family interacted with each other, the way Rana and Miheeka were chilling with each other, these little things truly made the wedding memorable,” he shared. 

He additionally stated that whereas each Rana and Miheeka are extraordinarily heat, affectionate, and caring, the individuals round them, too, reciprocated the identical love. “Like everybody in the family, from both sides, completely adored them. It’s one of those weddings, everybody is emotionally attached to it,” he added smilingly. 

Having coated on Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja’s marriage ceremony and Shloka Mehta-Akash Ambani’s marriage ceremony previously, Rathi muses as to how even with all of the altering settings, the {couples} handle to maintain their calm. “I really feel lots of people that we now have coated, the profitable ones, be it Akash, be it Sonam or be it Rana, loads of their success is attributed to their persona as nicely. Sonam, for instance, is a whole chiller. If you observe her on Instagram, you’ll know that she does not fake to be a distinct individual when she is on digital camera, she is precisely like that…a happy-go-lucky woman. With Rana, I  do not communicate Telugu and I hadn’t seen loads of his movies or interviews, so I did not have a learn on his persona coming in. I simply knew him from Baahubali and the truth that he was into VFX. But he is truly chill, you possibly can have a hearty dialog with him, he is very well-read and really affectionate,” he shared. 

As photographers, Rathi shared, they’re in any couple’s private house and due to that, they get to see a brand new aspect of individuals. “We are the ones who are sitting at the minimal distance, even the family sits further away than we are to them and we get to observe them on a very inter-personal basis and to me, there’s a common thread with the celebrity weddings; all of them have a certain chill persona when they are left to themselves and that was the case with this wedding as well,” he asserted. 

Asked what has been his largest takeaway from the marriage, Rathi smilingly hoped that extra {couples} get to share chemistry like that of Rana and Miheeka. 

“I wish many couples get to share the chemistry like Rana and Miheeka, where you get to sit on a couch for two hours and just talk to each other. 90 per cent of the time smiling through the way. Most weddings are literally the opposite…,” he stated and added, “The couple will spend a total of two hours together in a total of four-day wedding and even then, they are always stressed. Wedding stress can change people, but not these two!”

He concluded saying that even the pictures of Rana and Miheeka chilling on a sofa weren’t them posing, it was simply the fact of how issues had been. “I wish more people find the chill zone in their wedding, just like these two did,” he signed off.

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