Dabboo Ratnani, one of Bollywood's biggest photographers, has just launched his calendar for 2005. One look at the calendar and there is no doubt about the effort that has gone into each picture.
With 24 breathtaking pictures of Bollywood's biggest stars, the calendar is stunning!
Over to Dabboo:
I started creating a calendar since 2000. I've always tried to change the look of the calendar. I add some actors and minus others. 2004 featured 24 woman. This year, I've taken 12 men and 12 women, so there's a variety.
Each month in the calendar features a male and a female. Also, each month has a dark and light picture, to go with the décor of the person's office/home. Sometimes, we put the star in his birthday month. Hrithik Roshan's birthday is in January, so he features in that month; Sanjay Dutt is in July, Amitabh Bachchan in October, Salman Khan in December etc.
I chose people I like to work and those who like to work with me. There are some repeats like Hrithik, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay, Riya Sen, Sameera Reddy... That is because I shoot them very well. These people are in my top priority list because they always name me as their best photographer. They recommend me and get me more work.
Sometimes, people complain in a friendly way, if I have missed them out. But I have to keep a limit on the pictures. I can't have 48 pictures for a 12-month calendar!
I have gone digital this year, so this is the first time when we've manipulated the picture and added drama to it. Like the Shah Rukh Khan picture. He's shown carrying a briefcase that is a fish tank! But that does not mean we have effects just for the sake of it. Riya's picture is a straight shot, with no effects at all.
The most glamorous pix! Part 1
Text: Ronjita Kulkarni
Design: Rajesh Karkera