Meet the Man Behind the Lens!


Known for his annual calendar featuring some of India’s most famous celebrities, Dabboo Ratnani has become nothing short of a celebrity himself. Ever since its first publication in 1999, Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar has become a prestigious showbiz event in India. Dabboo himself is one of India’s most sought after photographers and is a prominent figure in the film and fashion industry.

Dabboo Ratnani is the cover photographer for numerous leading magazines including Cosmopolitan, Filmfare, Hi Blitz, OK India, Elle, Verve and Femina.

Dabboo’s journey began at a very early age. He did his graduation via correspondence and assisted Sumeet Chopra for four years. This altered his perception of photography. He began to view photography as more than just a hobby. Realising that he did not want to join his father’s retail business, he decided to pursue photography as a career at the age of 22. He began working independently.

In the Indian film and fashion industry, Dabboo is a portrait and a celebrity photographer. His associations with films got him editorial work, which helped him to get model portfolios, in turn leading him to advertising. Dabboo’s work has been used to advertise films and in publicity campaigns.

He has taken publicity stills for several Bollywood films, such as Om Shanti Om, Aatish, Blackmail, Fiza, Hera Pheri, Legend of Bhagat Singh and Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai. In addition, Dabboo has also worked on advertising projects, for brands like Nokia, featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Acer Computers featuring Hrithik Roshan, Coca-Cola with Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan, Boroplus with Kareena Kapoor, 7Up with Mallika Sherawat, and many more.

Dabboo Ratnani has also been part of the jury for the Miss India contest, as well as a judge on India’s Next Top Model.

A truly versatile photographer, Dabboo Ratnani is our Xpert on photography. Dabboo Ratnani gives you a closer look at the life of a fashion and celebrity photographer, only on Xpert. He tells you how he got started on his journey, his influences, his tips and tricks and his advice to anyone wanting to learn photography or improve their photography skills.

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