I was desperately looking for a dusky face for my 35mm portrait project when my friend introduced me to Priyanka – a charming girl. I was not sure about her because she was smiling all the time and I didn’t like that. I asked her if she could sit quietly for a moment, and she asked me ‘Why? Don’t you like a smiling face?’.

‘I want to freeze your soul through your eyes’ was my answer to her. That was when it clicked.