Atul Kasbekar is the man behind the hottest calendar of the year, the Kingfisher Calendar that is known to raise the temperatures every year. Apart from being a fashion photographer, he is also a well-known Bollywood film producer. The Kingfisher Calendar shoot has often been a stepping stone to success for several models. Actress Katrina Kaif was also a part of the first shoot done by Kasbekar nearly 20 years ago. In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Atul Kasbekar spoke about Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif’s connection with his first shoot.
When asked about his experience of working with Katrina Kaif for the calendar shoot, Kasbekar said, “Actually at that time she was a bit chubby because she was very young. She was not in swimsuit shape. To be honest, we had to struggle a bit to get pictures of her. While she was fit, I think she was like 18-19, your body has still not lost all of it adolescent or lack of a better word puppy fat. But there was no question that this was an exquisitely beautiful girl. So we managed to get a couple of pictures that worked really nicely. When the launch party happened and I remember it was Shah Rukh Khan who launched it and all his pictures were taken against Katrina’s photo. It was a coincidence and everybody was like who’s the girl on the horse. So, from there her career went ahead a lot. I mean it was one of the reasons.”