Dabboo Ratnani

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Dabboo Ratnani
OccupationFashion photography Bollywood photography
RelativesVicky Ratnani (brother)

Dabboo Ratnani (born Dhaporshankh Ratnani) is an Indian fashion and commercial photographer,[1] known for his annual calendar, first published in 1999.[2][3] He has shot cover photographs for magazines including Better Homes and Gardens.


Born on 24 December, he practiced photography as a young man in Gujarat near Kashyap Makadia's house, training together with Naren Sundar.[4] He has been working independently since 1994.


Ratnani is a portrait and celebrity photographer in Indian cinema. His induction into the world of photography came about largely by chance. Films got Ratnani editorial work, which in turn got him model portfolios, which led him to advertising. His work has been used for film advertising and publicity campaigns.

In 2006, he was in the jury for the Miss India contest.[5] Ratnani was a mentor for the India's Next Top Model show, which aired on MTV India. In 2020 Ratnani also got featured in the N4M List of Top 10 fashion photographers of India [6]


Ratnani's best known work is his annual calendar.[4] He has helped create a trend of collectible celebrity calendars in India, after the fashion of the Pirelli Calendar. He is one of a number of photographers with calendars widely covered in the media.[7] Over the years Bollywood stars have appeared on his calendar. Every year the launch of the calendar features celebrities, 24 of them for each year.[8] 18 of the 24 celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Bipasha Basu, Arjun Rampal and Abhishek Bachchan, are a constant feature on his calendar. For the 2012 edition, Ratnani shot a video with some behind-the-scenes moments for each celebrity, which were made available on YouTube.[9]

Film publicity[edit]

Ratnani has taken publicity stills for films like Om Shanti Om, Aatish, Blackmail, Fiza, Hera Pheri, Legend of Bhagat Singh, Aawara Pagal Deewana, Jhankaar Beats, Jism, Jo Bole So Nihaal, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, .


He has shot cover photographs for magazines including Better Homes and Gardens.[10]

Advertising industry[edit]

He also has worked in advertising for various brands.[4]


  1. ^ "Capturing the X-factor: Daboo Ratnani". Deccan Herald. 3 February 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  2. ^ "24 frames make a year". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 6 January 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Splashing stars". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "Dabboo Ratnani, photographer". Femina Miss India. 2004. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  5. ^ Dasgupta, Piyali (1 November 2006). "Kaun banegi Miss India?". Delhi Times. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
  6. ^ N4M List of Top 10 fashion photographers of India. M4M Reviews (2020-04-24). Retrieved on 2021-08-01.
  7. ^ From calendars to collectibles (by Sulekha Nair): The Financial Express, 26 November 2006 (Retrieved on 26 May 2007). Financialexpress.com (2006-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  8. ^ "Dabboo Ratnani's 2004 calendar launched: Screen India, 16 January 2004 (Retrieved on 26 May 2007)". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  9. ^ I can’t not upset people: Dabboo Ratnani. Hindustan Times (2012-01-09). Retrieved on 2012-05-17.
  10. ^ "Better Homes and Gardens now in India". Agency FAQs. 14 March 2007. Archived from the original on 17 March 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.

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