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The Kingfisher Calendar published by UB Group has become one of the biggest launching pad for aspiring actresses.
We look into some of the top Kingfisher calendar models who went onto become hot Bollywood actresses.
Yana Gupta, the Czech model cum actress started her modelling career at the age of 16.
In 2001 she was chosen as the brand ambassador of the Indian cosmetic brand Lakme.
Subsequently she made her Bollywood screen debut in ‘Dum’ (2003) with an item number ‘Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo’.
The same year she also became a Kingfisher calendar girl and garnered instant recognition.
The British-Indian model turned actress, Katrina Kaif who made her Bollywood debut in 2002 with Kaizad Gustad’s ‘Boom’ was a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2003 before hitting the big league.
She has worked with leading actors and given some big hits like ‘Namaste London’, ‘Race’, ‘Rajneeti’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Bang Bang’ and others.
Karishma Kotak was signed up as a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2005 which helped her bag her first film ‘Shankar Dada Zindabad’ opposite Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi in 2007.
She became a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2006 before making her screen debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007.
Since then she has given super hits like ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Goliyon ki Rasleela- Ramleela’, ‘Piku’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’.
Esha Gupta featured in the Kingfisher Calendar in 2010 and subsequently made her Bollywood debut opposite Emraan Hashmi in Mahesh Bhatt's ‘Jannat 2’.
She went on to act in films like ‘Raaz 3’, ‘Humshakals’ and ‘Chakravyuh’.
Bruna Abdullah became a Kingfisher Supermodel in 2007 and made her Bollywood debut as an item girl in ‘Cash’ in the same year.
She got her big break in the adult comedy ‘Grand Masti’ opposite Riteish Deshmukh in 2013.
She has also featured in films like ‘I Hate Luv Storys’, ‘Desi Boys’ and ‘Jai Ho’.
The former Miss Britain 2007, Preeti Desai rose to fame in India by appearing in the 2008 Kingfisher calendar.
Known as actor Abhay Deol’s ex-girlfriend, she worked in films like ‘Shor in the City’ and ‘One By Two’.
The American model turned actress too was a Kingfisher calendar super model in 2009 before making her Bollywood acting debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Rockstar’ in 2011.
She went on to star in movies like ‘Madras Café’ and ‘Main Tera Hero’.
Sonali Raut was a model who featured as a Kingfisher calendar girl in the 2010 edition.
She shot to fame with Bigg Boss in 2014 and went on to debut in the film ‘Xpose- The Movie’.
Lisa Haydon is an Indian-origin Australian supermodel, who became famous by featuring in the 2011 edition of the Kingfisher calendar shoot.
She was first seen in the Sonam Kapoor starrer ‘Aayesha’ in 2010 and was also a part of the movie ‘Queen’ and ‘The Shaukeens’ in 2014.
After winning Kingfisher’s Calendar Girl Hunt competition, Angela modeled for the brand, in 2011.
Though reports state that she has bagged a three-film deal with Salman Khan, we are yet to hear any confirmation on the same.
Still trying to get a foothold in Bollywood, Tina Desai became a Kingfisher supermodel in 2012.
She has worked in a few films like ‘Table no.
21’, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and others.
Born in Rio de Janeiro to a Portuguese mother and Indian father, Nathalia Kaur became a Kingfisher Supermodel in 2012, who thereafter got to debut as an item girl in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Department’.
Saiyami Kher has worked in a few films down south and has featured as a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2012.
She is all set to make her Bollywood screen debut opposite Harshvardhan Kapoor in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Mirzya’, which releases later this year.
Nicole Faria is an Indian supermodel and actress from Bangalore who won the Miss Earth 2010.
Faria is the first woman from India to win Miss Earth.
Nicole Faria also strikes seductive poses for in Kingfisher Calendar 2014.
In the same year she appeared in movie Yaariyan.
Kyra Dutt started her modelling career by appearing for the Kingfisher calendar and Mercedes.
She got break when she was chosen as one of the leads to play a model in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Bollywood film ‘Calendar Girls’ which released in 2015.
Sarah-Jane won Femina Miss India in 2007 and represented the country at Miss World 2007.
She too became a super model who featured in the Kingfisher calendar.
She made her debut opposite Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Game’ in 2008 and went on to act in movies like ‘Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum’, ‘O Teri’, ‘Angry Indian Godesses’ and others.