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Behind the scenes: Making of the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity 100 covers

Anjan Das
Updated: Dec 13, 2014 04:54:44 PM UTC

“We live in a world where styles change constantly and fresh ideas are the benchmark. Professionals in every stream, especially design, must be aware of these changes and possess the flexibility and imagination to stay ahead of the trends”, yes that’s what my book of wisdom says. Currently I am the Design Director with Forbes India. Been here since last September and enjoying every bit of my work thoroughly, not to mention the fun with my team at work makes it a pleasurable experience. Prior to this I have worked with different publications such as Travel+Leisure (Thailand), Rolling Stone India, Grazia and Maxim India to name a few. I love conversations on design, be it conventional or out of the box; classy or anarchic; cleaner or clutter; print or digital; product or industrial. A sucker for typography and anything which has “a type” embedded in it. Striking visuals, a perfect colour palate and the right choice of fonts are top on my checklist when we put every edition to bed, so I must have to say “ business is good if the product is better” Hope to catch up from time to time!

The Forbes India Celebrity 100 is in its third year and we have 5 faces gracing our covers this year. For the first time since we began drawing up the list, Shah Rukh Khan has been unseated from the top slot by his friend and peer Salman Khan, who's on the first cover of the issue. Our 5-cover special also includes (in order of their ranks) Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh and Sania Mirza.


It took us intense planning and strategising to execute the shoots of these 5 A-listers. Like last year, top fashion photographer Colston Julian collaborated with us for four of the cover shoots. Forbes India Photo Editor Vikas Khot shot the Sania Mirza cover. We also roped in celebrity stylist Antara Motiwala to create looks that are exclusive for Forbes India, which is essentially a business magazine. We decided on sharp portraits of the stars. Antara opted for bespoke styling and allowed the subjects to be their natural self.

Salman was at ease and sported a faint smile. Akshay's salt-and-pepper stubble resembled George Clooney's. Hrithik was sharp and intense with perfectly groomed hair. Ranveer was his usual quirky self but sported the look of an undercover agent for the cover shot. And last but not the least, Sania looked classy and confident in her striking yellow outfit.

Forbes has always been known for its portraitures. The look of the who's who matters. And it was no different this time. Here's a video of the making of the Celebrity 100 covers.


The shoots were not only exciting but also fulfilling. There were smiling faces all around. And the very special 5-cover edition, the result of many weeks of tireless work put in by the design and editorial teams at Forbes India, brings you detailed profiles, interviews, snapshots and inforgraphics on the country's biggest stars.

We present you one of our key annual issues  -- the 2014 Forbes India Celebrity 100. And sincerely hope that you enjoy browsing it as much as we did putting it together.

Happy Reading!

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