A slice of Bollywood magic is on show in a converted shopfront gallery in Northbridge.

Visitors to the Beaufort Street premises can snatch their 15 minutes of fame and share the exotic glamour from the golden age of the world's second-biggest film industry in the Perth International Arts Festival show My Name is Raj.

Inspired by the legacy of pioneering actor-director and showman Raj Kapoor, it is a tribute to Indian cinema to mark Bollywood's centenary.

It is the creation of visiting Canadian film director Srinivas Krishna, who encourages people to sit for a studio portrait which is then superimposed into Raj Kapoor films from the 1950s and 60s.

Krishna is best known for his 1993 hit film Masala. He said the Bollywood spirit of Raj Kapoor ran through films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Bride and Prejudice and the new Australian cricketing comedy Save Your Legs.

"Raj Kapoor was the grand daddy of all that," Krishna said.

My Name is Raj also features Indian studio photography from the 1860s to 1970s, when people went to great lengths at great expense to be photographed in extravagant costumes and sets.

The same principal applied in Krishna's digital version for My Name is Raj.

"While you are getting your picture taken, the whole thing is being broadcast live in the gallery for people to watch your performance," he said.

My Name is Raj is at Central Institute of Technology's Shopfront@Central, Beaufort Street, Northbridge, until March 2.

The West Australian

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