Keeping with the whole “don’t burst a patakha, be one” sub-culture that exists on desi Instagram and makes a reappearance every Diwali, actor Harshvardhan Kapoor has been posting images of his (often shirtless) dishy self recently and that led us to stalk his Instagram account.

Soon, we came across a series of pictures that created a narrative – an image with a dialogue/caption which reminded us starkly of the viral series that artist Sarah Bahbah had done with America’s boyfriend, Noah Centineo. These cinematic-style shots have come to be identified with Bahbah.

(Credits: Harshvardhan Kapoor on Instagram)

“For years, I have been very vocal about the inspiration behind adding subtitles on series. I don’t claim to own the use of subtitles on images, but it’s definitely a signature of my work that has established me in this industry. My recognizable style of work has allowed me to collaborate with music labels, media publications, fashion brands, and celebrities—all of which were interested in working with me because of my photography style, use of subtitles and raw storytelling. It’s become somewhat of an industry standard that I am the “go-to” for this type of style,” she had said in a statement to Elle, following whispers that Selena Gomez had allegedly emulated this style for her “Back To You” music video.


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These shots of Kapoor were taken by photographer @buzzookha and seem to be inspired by the Palestinian-Australian artist, though she doesn’t appear to have been credited. 

MW has reached out to the Mumbai-based photographer for comment.

(Header credits: Harshvardhan Kapoor / Sarah Bahbah on Instagram)