A photograph of two men in uniform climbing over a fence, escaping. A re-enactment of a moment that just passed. They do it over a few times, with great pride and pleasure. Later I read an article in the newspaper. Two men used sleep-inducing gas to rob a struggling actress in her home; the same gas used in a 1972 blockbuster about a cook who robs his landlord. An image that I’ve been planning to make for some time comes to mind – a thick cloud of smoke in a bedroom film set. Two men in uniform sitting in a park. I photograph them. They pretend to have just woken up. On a Bombay rooftop I make a portrait of a Salman Khan look-alike. Another article tells me how a young girl loses herself in this big city in search of her idol, Salman Khan.
‘I had come to India in search of the pot of gold only to find that that pot had been buried deep in my unconscious’.
Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire