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Xclusive: Check out some candid shots from Kingfisher '07 calendar.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:55 IST
Lina Choudhury-Mahajan
Lina Choudhury-Mahajan

All right, so you saw it here first. Shot (for the fifth consecutive year) by Atul Kasbekar, with a bevy of models some of whose ca reers might never be the same again, here is the first look at the Kingfisher Swimsuit Special Calendar 2007. (SeeKingfisher 2006 Calendar)

Come the new year, you may not have a copy of it yourself. But don't blame us: we have given you more than merely a sneak peek at the calendar that is India’s answer to the stunning numbers brought out by GQ and Sports Illustrated.

The models this time: Deepti Gujral, Shamita Singha, Nikii Daas, Mia Udeya, Bruna Abdalah and Selma Lasrado. Prior to the shoot on the French Riviera (you can tell, nowhere else in the world is the water that blue; not for nothing is it called the Cote d’ Azure, the azure coast), they models were put on a three-month, high-protein diet and a rigorous regimen of exercise. It shows in the pictures. You could iron your shirt on any of those stomachs.

Model Bruna Abdalah gets set for the shot

Once there, they stayed at Kingfisher boss Dr Vijay Mallya’s new 95metre-long yacht, The Indian Empress. It may sound like one long party but there was a lot of work to do, some of it quite dangerous. Deepti had to go water-skiiing in high heels. “The water churned so much that this huge wave built up and Dipti did a triple somersault and plunged headlong into it,” said Kasbekar.

“Everyone was asking if she was okay. All I could think of were my Prada sunglasses that she had on. They are now somewhere at the bottom of the Mediterranean.” Nikki, who can’t swim, was nearly drowned while shooting when she was hit by an eight-foot-high wall of water.

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First Published: Nov 04, 2006 15:13 IST