Artist Atul Dodiya’s canvas paintings immortalise key moments in Indian films from the 60s and 70s. The scene is instantly recognisable and yet is shrouded in mystery. You never clearly see the hero or heroine. Dodiya says,
One of the devices I have used is to conceal the faces of the actors. The actors are so well-known, and if the viewers simply focus on the faces of Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Saira Banu, the experience will be limiting.
The painting above is titled ‘Rita At The Piano’—a tribute to Nargis in ‘Awaara’. Architectural Digest has lots more on the collection—and you can see more images here. Dodiya’s other work is more powerful—if less fun. See examples over at the Vadehra Art Gallery. Our fave is this stunning and discomfiting piece titled ‘Bapu'.
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