Studio portraits from an era when everyone wanted to be a Bollywood hero

Almost 20 years ago, Christophe Prébois was driving down a road in Ajmer, Rajasthan, when a photograph displayed in the first-floor window of what ostensibly was a dry cleaner’s shop caught his eye. The image was of a group of men, all holding guns, and the French photographer was intrigued by the mismatch between the shop and the display. A conversation with the shop’s owner, Gurumuk Chand, revealed that upstairs was a photography studio named Shatranj, which was run by his father,


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