Coming out with a yearly celebrity calendar is a tough job. And who would know better than lensman Dabboo Ratnani, who has been putting it together for 13 years now.
However, he says, it is not easy deciding who makes it to the final 24. So how does he plan it without upsetting celebs who don’t make the cut? “I can’t not upset the others. That is bound to happen,” says Dabboo Ratnani.
He says 18 of the 24 celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Bipasha Basu, Arjun Rampal and Abhishek Bachchan, have been a constant feature on his calendar. He adds, “They have always been in all my calendars. I change the rest. Some years I take certain people, and other years I take others from another group. That way the list doesn’t have the same names every year. It gives variety and adds the surprise element.”
This year, photographer has also shot a video with some behind-the-scenes moments, which is now available on YouTube.
Bipasha has a stunning body
We wanted to do a shot, which was very fashionable, yet sensual. Bipasha has a stunning body and carries off a bikini very well. The concept was a fashion shot with a lot of skin and attitude. Few have the confidence to pose in an outfit like that, forget possessing a naturally sensual body language. To add to her mysterious look, we added smoke with a blast of light in the background.
Sonakshi is a pretty girl with an expressive face. So we decided to keep the concept simple — a really tight close-up — and play with her expressions and lighting. The light is coming through the blinds of the window, highlighting her eyes.
Double role for Jr B
This one is a behind-the- scenes shot. But the one that will make it to the calendar has Abhishek in a double role. He is one of the most hilarious actors to work with. He is so much fun on the sets. If you see the video of the making, you would crack up. He goes to any length to experiment. Once I had done a calendar with him where only his eyes were seen, but he was cool with it. As long as the shot is good, he is okay with it.
Arjun’s body is in prime shape
Arjun’s body is in a prime shape right now. The concept here was, fly like an eagle. I love the pose and its craziness. When I met him at his home to discuss this shoot, he had just completed shooting for RA.One, and his hair had started growing back. I told him we must shoot before it grows longer. He looks fab.
SRK looks dapper
This concept was born because of Shah Rukh’s long hair and stubble look. People tend to go with their hair combed back or prefer the clean-shaven look with a formal shirt and waistcoat, but we wanted to keep the grunge look. It makes him look dapper. This picture was shot in his vanity van when he was getting ready. The only light is the one coming from the make-up mirror and the smoke is from a cigarette.