Having trained with some of the world’s best photographers in Los Angeles, Atul Kasbekar returned home in 1990 to set up his own studio in Mumbai. Since then, he has made a name for himself as one of the country’s finest glamour photographers. He’s shot Bollywood’s biggest stars, but his best known works are still the five editions of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Special Calender. Kasbekar was recently signed up as the brand ambassador of Carl F Bucherer watches in India.
If you woke up and found you had turned into a woman, you would...
Get new underwear I suppose.
What are you reading at the moment?
Business Stripped Bare by Sir Richard Branson.
Rate in order of importance: fame, money or power?
Honestly, it’s irrelevant to me. It all comes if you are good at what you do.
What are you addicted to?
A punishing pace every minute of every day.
Who do you think your partner has a crush on?
Your worst date ever?
Way too long back to recall.
The one fashion trend you do not understand?
Bell bottoms. May they never return.
Five musts in your wardrobe.
Suits from Arjun Khanna and Akbar at Gabbana, many jeans, many boxers, my CFB watch, many moccasins, and lots of space.
Which current reality show would you participate in and why?
The hunt for the Kingfisher Calender Girl on NDTV Good Times.
Your most recent purchase...
Five new books.
Your song for all moods?
I feel good by James Brown.
Your idea of a great weekend...
Hanging out with my wife and twins any place where the phone network sucks.
If you could ask for any one talent/skill, what would it be?
Being able to play good tennis.
Your zodiac sign?
Aries/Taurus cusp. That makes me a Cuspekar, I guess.
The sport you like to play...
The craziest thing you have done for your partner...
Been attentive, sensitive, and done things before I’m told to!
If someone were to write a biography of you, what would you want it to be called?
“If a picture speaks a thousand words and I shot a million, did I say too much?”
Tell us one thing nobody knows about you.
Apparently I chat in my sleep incessantly.
If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be and where?
I have two, and that’s too many.
Your biggest phobia?
That one day the phone stops ringing.
Your fitness mantra...
Something for my body even if it’s five minutes every day.
Which man/woman from history do you fantasise about?
Helen of Troy.
What shocks you?
Very little these days.
What kind of people do you dislike?
Lazy, incompetent liars.
— Veenu Singh