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Atul Kasbekar

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Atul Kasbekar
Born (1965-04-22) 22 April 1965 (age 59)
Mumbai, India
Alma materBrooks Institute, Santa Barbara, US
Years active1991–present[1]
Known forFashion photography
Notable workKingfisher Calendar

Atul Kasbekar (born 22 April 1965)[2] is an Indian fashion photographer, recognised for his Kingfisher Calendar shoots. He owns Bling! Entertainment Solutions and Corporate Image, and is a Bollywood film producer through partnership in Ellipsis Entertainment.



Atul Kasbekar was born in Mumbai, where he studied at Campion School[2] and Jai Hind College (University of Mumbai).[3] Then he joined UDCT (now Institute of Chemical Technology), Mumbai for chemical engineering but dropped out in his second year to become a photographer,[4][5] after seeking out Gautam Rajadhyaksha for advice.[6] He graduated from the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, US.[1][7] In Los Angeles, he worked as a trainee with photographers including Dennis Gray, Ron Slenzak, James B Wood, Jay Silverman, Jay P Morgan, Bill Werts and David Le Bon.[4]





Kasbekar returned to India in 1990. In 1991 he began his professional career as a photographer by starting a studio named Negative Space.[1] He names commercial assignments for Vadilal and at Lintas advertising as having launched his career.[5]

Kasbekar is known for shooting the Kingfisher Calendar, featuring models clad in swimsuits,[7] some of whom went on to successful acting careers.[4]



In 2006, Kasbekar started Corporate Image, an identity and image management company for organisations.[8]

He is also the frontman of celebrity management company Bling! Entertainment Solutions,[3][9] which started in 2007.[10]

Film production


Kasbekar has co-produced Bollywood films including Neerja (2016),[11][12] Tumhari Sulu (2017),[13] Why Cheat India (2019),[14] and Looop Lapeta (2022).[15] He formed production company Ellipsis Entertainment with Tanuj Garg in 2016.[15][16]



Kasbekar and Vijay Mallya of UB Group won for the Kingfisher Calendar at the 2004 International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards, and again in 2005, when they were the only Indian awardees.[17]

He has served as honorary chairman of the Photographer's Guild of India.[1][7]

Personal life


Kasbekar and his wife Vandana have twin children.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bio". Atul Kasbekar. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Atul Kasbekar". Old Campionites' Association. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  3. ^ a b c Rachel Lopez (4 January 2013). "Personal Agenda: Atul Kasbekar, photographer". Hindustan Times (interview, Brunch section). Archived from the original on 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Priyanka Jain (10 May 2011). "Not just glam and money: Atul Kasbekar". Hindustan Times (interview). Archived from the original on 20 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Lata Kubchandani (18 October 2010). "'Today a photographer doesn't need the knowledge of shooting'". Rediff.com (interview). Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Atul Kasbekar on Gautam Rajadhyaksha". Times of India. 29 December 2001. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  7. ^ a b c Shalini Shah (23 December 2011). "Sees, shoots and leaves". The Hindu (interview). Archived from the original on 8 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Atul Kasbekar unveils new company 'Corporate Image'". Indiantelevision.com. 30 June 2006. Archived from the original on 4 July 2006.
  9. ^ Mini Dixit (5 April 2016). "Want a career in celebrity management? Atul Kasbekar tells you what it takes". India Today. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Bling Entertainment".
  11. ^ Lopamudra Ghatak; Sarwat Fatima (11 April 2016). "Bollywood now understands the economics of film-making, says 'Neerja' producer Atul Kasbekar". Economic Times. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Photographer of the Month – Atul Kasbekar". Exhibit magazine (interview). 1 August 2016. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Tumhari Sulu star Vidya Balan thanks Atul Kasbekar". Mumbai Mirror. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  14. ^ "Atul Kasbekar denies sexual misconduct allegations against Cheat India director Soumik Sen". Indian Express. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  15. ^ a b "We trusted Aakash Bhatia with his unique, mad vision, says Atul Kasbekar of Looop Lapeta". Cinestaan. 14 February 2022. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Balaji Motion ex-CEO Tanuj Garg teams up with Atul Kasbekar to set up film company". Economic Times. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  17. ^ "Kingfisher calendar, Kasbekar win FAB Awards again". afaqs!. 2 June 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2023.