It’s taken six years for the Kingfisher Calendar to come full circle. After the French Riviera and the Australian outback, the 2008 edition of India’s best-known, indigenously-produced swimsuit calendar has been shot in its country of origin.
So for twelve months of the next year, you’ll be treated to Ladakh’s Shay Palace, Spituk Bridge, Ranbirpura, at the Chang La Lake; The Calizz Museum and Kingfisher Villa in Goa; the Shiv Niwas and City Palaces in Udaipur and at Havelock Island and Elephant Island in the Andamans. This is, of course, if you manage to look beyond the foreground where models Monikangana Dutta, Deepti Gujral, Shruti Agrawal, Preeti Desai, Melissa Mehra, Tamara Moss and Sheetal Menon are posing in the sun, sand, sea and snow.
It took took 22 days, 600 kilos of equipment and luggage, 170 gigabytes of data, 22 flights to different destinations, Bactrian camels and models posing in sub-zero temperatures to create Dr Vijay Mallya’s sought-after page turner, which will unfortunately only be distributed to a select group. This time around, however, Indian designers have not designed the swimsuits. Instead, models will be sporting swim wear from Italian luxury lingerie label La Perla’s India-inspired line. Accessories, shoes and sunglasses have come from Christian Dior and Roberto Cavalli.
If you’re not lucky enough to have one on your wall on January 1, this is what you’ll be missing.