American photographer Mark Bennington had come to Mumbai in 2013 for his wedding but ended up starring in a film and photographing some of Bollywood’s biggest names over a year. 

The New York-based photographer captured 112 candid moments in his photographic journal titled ‘Living the Dream: The Life of the ‘Bollywood’ Actor’ that has now been  published.

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Bennington also did short interviews with his subjects which feature alongside the images in the book. 

Incidentally, he featured as a Deputy Commissioner in Dibakar Banerjee’s film Byomkesh Bakshi

He even was a part of ‘The Letters’, a biopic about Mother Teresa. 

The book features photographs of some of Bollywood’s biggest stars as they go through their day and often capture moments that are rarely seen in the public. 

Here are some pictures from the book:

Ranveer Singh on the balcony at the 2011 Global Indian Film and TV Honours ceremony, a month after his debut in Band Baaja Baaraat, and just moments before dramatically flying down on stage using a harness. 

Ranbir Kapoor pauses between takes for a commercial ad shoot at the Yash Raj Films studio in Andheri.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah watch a rehearsal in progress from the lighting booth at Prithvi Theatre in Juhu. 

Kareena Kapoor Khan between takes at a commercial ad shoot for a sunscreen brand at Madh Island. 

Bollywood legend Shashi Kapoor receiving praise from fans at Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, which was founded by his father Prithviraj Kapoor in 1944. 

Abhay Deol during a chai break at a photoshoot for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in Film City.

Salman Khan on location in Pune during the filming of the superhit Bodyguard.

 Deepika Padukone rehearsing a music video at Film City. 

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