You recreated Frida Kahlo’s paintings for the Free Da! Birdgroup calendar 2012.
Recreated, literally, because every prop and backdrop had to be made. There was no Photoshop magic. I reinterpreted Frida with an Indian sensibility. Sabyasachi redid all the costumes; he is the only artist among designers.
How did you choose your ‘Fridas’?
I needed people who could convey Frida’s spirit. Sonal Mansingh, like Frida, had an accident that broke her spine. Anjolie Ela Menon used to paint exposed hearts, as did Frida. Mithu Sen is an artist of this generation.
Frida is the third artist you have used?
I started the artist series with Raja Ravi Varma, Gustav Klimt. Today’s banal contemporary art milieu needs to look to the masters.
Who’s up next?
Paul Gauguin. We might shoot in Bora Bora.
You did author portraits for a Jaipur Litfest calendar this year.
Great minds intimidate me. But in those 30...