Many aspiring models took part in the contest with the hope of appearing in the limited edition Kingfisher swimsuit calendar 2011. This year, too, ace lensman Atul Kasbekar would shoot the entire calendar.
Actress Deepika Padukone and Siddhartha Mallya, the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, judged models for the Kingfisher Calendar 2011 here on Tuesday.
“When I was there in the calendar, there was no hunt for the girls. I think I was just lucky that I had already started modelling and these people (Kasbekar) noticed me and I was a part of the calendar, and I think I am really fortunate that till today I have never really been part of a contest or never been part of a Miss India, so I think somewhere I feel a lot of, I mean, I feel nervous for these girls because I know what it feels like to sort of go through judges, and to be judged for the way you look and things like that. So, it’s definitely tough on them,” said Padukone.
Mallya said that it was one of the biggest platforms for aspiring models. He also complimented the models, saying they were bold and beautiful. The calendar, introduced in 2003, was the first of its kind in India, and promises twelve months of glamour and visual appeal. Kingfisher Airlines and the Kingfisher range of beers are both owned by the United Breweries group.