16 Bollywood Actresses Who Sizzled As Kingfisher Calendar Girls

16 Bollywood Actresses Who Sizzled As Kingfisher Calendar Girls

14 Jun 18 @ 3:23 PM | By Ravi

Owned by Vijay Mallya's United Breweries Group of India, the Kingfisher Calendar published by has become one of the biggest launching pad for aspiring actresses. Though the Kingfisher calendar was started in 2003 and was an instant hit but what was tough was the calendar girl model hunt. Featuring as a supermodel and posing in a bikini or swimsuit for the annual Kingfisher calendar was seen as a stepping stone into Bollywood as quite a few models turned into top Bollywood actresses. We look into some of the top Kingfisher calendar models who went on to become hot Bollywood actresses.

  1. Deepika Padukone

    Currently, Bollywood’s undisputed box-office queen who not only has made it big but also has evolved as a brilliant actress. Deepika Padukone became a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2006 just 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.

    Deepika Padukone On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Deepika Padukone On The Kingfisher Calendar
  2. Nargis Fakhri

    The stunning American-born Pakistani-Czech model turned Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri too was a Kingfisher calendar supermodel 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.

    Nargis Fakhri On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Nargis Fakhri On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Nargis Fakhri
  3. Yana Gupta

    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.

    Yana Gupta On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Yana Gupta On The Kingfisher Calendar
  4. Esha Gupta

    Esha Gupta participated in Femina Miss India in 2007; where she won Miss Photogenic and went on to represent India in Miss India International. She 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.

    Esha Gupta On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Esha Gupta On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Esha Gupta
  5. Sarah Jane Dias

    The VJ turned model turned actress, Sarah-Jane won the coveted crown of Femina Miss India in 2007 and represented the country at Miss World 2007. She too became a supermodel 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 Goddesses and others.

    Sarah Jane Dias On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Sarah Jane Dias On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Sarah Jane Dias
  6. Lisa Haydon

    Lisa Haydon is an Indian-origin Australian supermodel, who became famous by featuring in the 2011 edition of the Kingfisher calendar shoot. She is one of the rare Bollywood actresses who made her screen debut before appearing for the coveted calendar. She was first seen in the Sonam Kapoor starrer Aisha in 2010 and was also a part of the movie Queen and The Shaukeens in 2014.

    Lisa Haydon On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Lisa Haydon On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Lisa Haydon
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  8. Sonali Raut

    Sonali Raut has also been one of the actress calendar girls who initially was a model before featuring as a Kingfisher calendar girl in the 2010 edition. She shot to fame by being one of the contestants in Bigg Boss season 2014 and went on to debut in the film Xpose- The Movie.

    Sonali Ranaut On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Sonali Ranaut On The Kingfisher Calendar
  9. Tina Desai

    Tina Desai too is a part of the Kingfisher calendar girls turned Bollywood stars who continues to get a foothold in films. Like other aspiring models, she too shot to fame after becoming a Kingfisher supermodel in 2012. She has worked in a few films like Table no. 21, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and others.

    Tina Desai On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Tina Desai On The Kingfisher Calendar
  10. Monikangana Dutta

    After featuring on Vogue, Elle, Tank Magazine and Italian Harper’s Bazaar, Monikangana Dutta walked the ramp in many prominent Fashion Weeks before featuring as a Kingfisher supermodel. She made a dream debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2010 film, Guzaarish which also featured Aishwarya Rai and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

    Monikangana Dutta On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Monikangana Dutta On The Kingfisher Calendar
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  12. Nathalia Kaur

    Born in Rio de Janeiro to a Portuguese mother and Indian father, Nathalia Kaur is another Bollywood actress from Kingfisher calendar list. She has been a Kingfisher Supermodel in 2012, who thereafter got to debut as an item girl in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Department’. She continues to feature in item numbers down south.  

  13. Kyra Dutt

    Kyra Dutt started her modeling career by appearing for the Kingfisher calendar and Mercedes. She got her lucky 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. This will be followed by her next film titled "XXX" directed by Ken Ghosh.

  14. Preeti Desai

    The former Miss Britain 2007, Preeti Desai too is a Bollywood actress in Kingfisher calendar club. The model turned actress 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. She's seen lesser in films nowadays. 

    Preeti Desai On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Preeti Desai On The Kingfisher Calendar
  15. Bruna Abdullah

    The Brazilian actress, Bruna Abdullah became a Kingfisher Supermodel in 2007 and made her Bollywood debut as an item girl in Cash 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 Boyz and Jai Ho.

    Bruna Abdullah On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Bruna Abdullah On The Kingfisher Calendar
  16. Saiyami Kher

    Yet another Bollywood actress from Kingfisher calendar, Saiyami Kher has worked in a few films down south after being featured as a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2012. She recently made her Bollywood screen debut opposite Harshvardhan Kapoor in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, which released in October this year. Though the film bombed badly but she got noticed for her charming screen presence.

    Saiyami Kher On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Saiyami Kher On The Kingfisher Calendar
  17. Karishma Kotak

    A native of UK, Karishma Kotak started her modeling career at a very young age and got associated with brands like Toni & Guy and FCUK. In 2004, she walked the ramp for the London Fashion Week and thereafter became a TV presenter. She was signed up as a Kingfisher calendar girl in 2005 and was a Bigg Boss 6 participant and went on to do Hindi flicks like Lucknowi Ishq and Love Affair in 2015.

    Karishma Kotak On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Karishma Kotak On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Karishma Kotak
  18. Katrina Kaif

    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 which had a picture of Katrina Kaif in a bikini, before hitting the big league. She has acted opposite all the leading actors of tinsel town and given some big hits like Namaste London, Race, Rajneeti, Ek Tha Tiger, Bang Bang and others.

    Katrina Kaif On The Kingfisher Calendar
    Katrina Kaif On The Kingfisher Calendar