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William Albert Allard

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In most cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.

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William Albert Allard

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     Aside from getting to listen to a lot of percussive, infectious Bollywood music, I got to photograph several beautiful actresses, including one named Kareena Kapoor who's from a famous film family. She has a great natural beauty and is very unassuming. 

[You can see Kapoor in this multimedia presentation.]

     I was taking pictures in the projection area of a small tent cinema when I stumbled over some electrical cords, fell down, and smashed my camera and my hand. I almost toppled over the projector too, but luckily that didn't happen.

   While photographing the making of a typical Bollywood love story movie, I became a part of the show. I was asked to briefly play the part of a photographer who dashes into a village fair scene and drops to his knees to photograph stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. The director said if I made the final cut, he'd list me in the credits as: Photographer………….Bill.


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