Debonair (magazine)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Debonair Cover
Editor Derek Bose
Categories Men's magazine
Frequency Monthly
Year founded 1973
First issue April 1974
Country India
Language English

Debonair is an Indian monthly men's magazine, originally modeled after Playboy.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Debonair was founded in 1973.[2][3] Its first issue was published in April 1974.[4] The founding publisher was Susheel Somani.[2][4] The magazine, best known for its topless female centerfolds, was first edited by Ashok Row Kavi and Anthony Van Braband.[5] Vinod Mehta also worked as the editor of the magazine.[3] Under editor Derek Bose, Debonair was reformatted to remove nudity and target a younger demographic in 2005. It is published on a monthly basis.[2]

Debonair has also featured a number of Indian film actresses on its cover when they were just beginning their careers. This includes Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit, photographed by the famous photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha.[6] [7]


  1. ^ Anthony Spaeth (25 September 1995). "Banned in Bombay". Time International. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Vinod Mehta (1 January 2011). Lucknow Boy: A Memoir. Penguin Books India. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-670-08529-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Suchi Bansal (9 March 2015). "Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta dies at 73". Live Mint. New Delhi. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "The Centre Spread Unevenly". Outlook India. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Homosexuality in Indian Society". Sutra Magazine. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Magazines with cover features on Madhuri Dixit". Famous pictures. famousfix. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Singhal, Divya (14 May 2016). "30 Years of Madhuri Dixit Magazine Covers – And She's Still Fab!". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 31 May 2018.