Dabboo Ratnani

Celebrity photographer known for his iconic and glamorous portraits of Bollywood stars


Dabboo Ratnani, arguably the most popular photographer within the Bollywood fraternity, is a name that is synonymous with excellence and creativity. He is one of the most famous modern, portrait and celebrity photographers. 

Ratnani started his career as a fashion photographer in the early 1990s and initially took up editorial work, which in turn got him a model portfolio which led to his work being used for film advertising and publicity campaigns.

The imminent human element of his work, combined with a highly artistic sense of composition makes him an exceptional photographer. 

He has also taken publicity stills for films like ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Fiza’, ‘Hera Pheri’,‘ Legend of Bhagat Singh’, ‘Jhankaar Beats’ and many more. 

He has photographed many celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Michael Jackson, Chric Gayle, Bret Lee, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli and many more. 

He is the cover photographer for magazines like Cosmopolitan, Filmfare, Hi! Blitz, Elle, Verve, Femina and many more.

What sets Dabboo Ratnani apart is his annual calendar, which has become a highly anticipated event in the Indian film industry. Each year, Ratnani releases a celebrity calendar featuring Bollywood's biggest stars, capturing them in unique and captivating ways. The calendar has become a symbol of glamour and style, and Ratnani's photographs are often discussed and praised by fans and critics alike.

In addition to his photography work, Dabboo Ratnani has also ventured into filmmaking. He directed his first documentary film, ‘The Mirror’, which explored the behind-the-scenes world of his celebrity calendar shoots. The film was well-received and further showcased his talent and creativity.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

In 2020, Ratnani also got featured in the N4M List of ‘Top 10 Fashion Photographers of India’. 

He won the ‘Photographer of the Year’ award at ‘Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards’ in 2021.

He was in the jury for the ‘Miss India’ contest and was a mentor for the ‘India’s Next Top Model’ show, which aired on MTV India in 2015.

Why Dabboo Ratnani ?

Ratnani’s distinct style, which often features bold and visually striking compositions, has made him a favorite among celebrities and publications alike. His work has been showcased in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan India. He has also collaborated with numerous advertising campaigns and brands. 

Dabboo Ratnani’s contribution to the Indian entertainment industry has been significant, and his work continues to be highly regarded. His photographs have not only captured the essence of Bollywood but have also become a part of its visual history. With his creative vision and ability to showcase celebrities in innovative ways, Ratnani has cemented his position as one of India’s most renowned and respected celebrity photographers

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