Wedding Photographer

The manual worker lives the modern fairy tale in India


Without a cellphone or social media, a handyman from the city of Calicut, India, had his life changed when he was discovered by a wedding photographer. Now a model, Mammika, who does odd jobs, is rehearsing for a men’s ready-to-wear campaign.

Thanks to Sharik Vayil, the man behind the lens, the aging model has traded in shabby clothes and bulky bags for stylish blazers and trendy outfits. For WION magazine, the photographer, who also owns a wedding clothing rental store, explains that it is common to ask acquaintances and family to attend her rehearsals.

“I ask them if they want to attend rehearsals or are they planning to be a photographic model and they do. Me and Mammika are related,” he explains. Photo session in one day, in an indoor park and in a large car garage in Calicut.

Now Mammika does many “strange jobs”, working with ad agencies to earn for her daily. Despite her success as a model, the Indian says she has no plans to fully embark on her new career. According to ‘Indian Express’, the model is looking to work part-time with her old job.

On the network, many said that in addition to a modeling career, Mammika could try to break into an actress. “After watching the video, people from all over including overseas approached me and congratulated me. The clip went viral beyond my expectations,” says Vayil.

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