While getting Priyanka Chopra’s dates were difficult, Dabboo tried reaching and bringing her onboard. “She was in LA when I reached out to her. She promptly replied with dates of her India visit. She is one girl with a crazy amount of energy. Most of our shoots happen late and she is always brimming with energy. Even when the world is exhausted, she will show them how to keep going. She hasn't changed at all. If it's possible, she has only gotten better. Her body language is more confident. She hates being repetitive and pre-shoot, we brainstormed for 20 days.
We always wondered what goes inside Dabboo Ratnani’s mind while he clicks his industry buddies for the calendar every year. Speaking about Hrithik’s photoshoot for this year, Dabboo revealed that, “He is the most photogenic male star. He was my junior in school and I did his first photo shoot. Till date, he feels I am partly the reason for what he is today. He is incredibly experimental. His focus is unwavering and he wants to be versatile. Every year, we try a different lighting and mood too. This year, he switched to sexy mode.
Dabboo Ratnani revealed that, “Shraddha Kapoor lives right on Juhu beach and hardly gets to take a walk there. For the shoot, we were ready by 6.30 am. It was quite a tamasha because everyone, who was out there jogging or exercising, stopped in their tracks to watch our shoot. It was a 10-minute thing, but the hysteria we created on the beach was quite something. I used to shoot a lot on the beach in the '90s, some 20 years ago. For me, it was going back to the basics and thus, a novel experience.”
Speaking about his friendship with Sanjay Dutt, Dabboo Ratnani said that, “When I started my career, he was one of the first people I shot in 1993. We bonded in Mauritius during the 40-day shoot of Aatish. He treats me like a younger brother. The last time he shot for my calendar was in 2009. This time, I knew I had to feature him. He was travelling, but I forced him to cut short his family vacation. While his wife and kids were chilling in Dubai, we went click-click here.
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