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World Photography Day: 11 most controversial Indian photoshoots

Vineeta Kumar | Updated on: 19 August 2015, 21:35 IST

Art and creativity are subjective. There are several forms of art. One of which is 'photography'. There appears a different world all together when you see it through lens.

However, it is not always possible that everyone sees the world the way one intended to capture it. And if you are in the showbiz world, a slight disagreement turns into a huge controversy.

On this World Photography Day, we bring to you 11 photoshoots that couldn't be digested by some and ended up being a point of controversy. Take a look:

Aishwarya Rai on Elle (2010)

The Bollywood actress was on the cover of the magazine. She felt disgusted after she realised that her skin tone was made lighter than her actual skin tone on the cover.

Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Khanna

The popular stars of 90s, Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Khanna once shot for a magazine. In the photo, the actor was seen holding Kapoor in a very weird pose.


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Mamata Kulkarni on Stardust (1993)

The actress who never really got the limelight due to acting in Bollywood, Mamata Kulkarni posed topless on the cover of Stardust. The actress was later fined for Rs 15,000. When asked, she claimed that it was her body and she could do anything she wanted to do with it.

Mahesh Bhatt-Pooja Bhatt on Stardust (1996)

The cover of the magazine had star father-daughter duo, Mahesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt sharing a lip kiss. The photo created even more controversy after the filmmaker's statement - "If Pooja wasn't my daughter, I'd love to marry her."


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Milind Soman and Madhu Sapre (1995)

The two supermodels of 90s, both Milind Soman and Madhu Sapre did a photoshoot for an ad. The models were shown wearing nothing, with only a python covering their modesty. The duo along with the makers of the ad were fined with indecency.

Mandira Bedi on Maxim (2007)

Wearing a golden bikini, no doubt Mandira looked sultry. But, what caught the controversy out of the magazine cover was an 'Ik Onkar' tattoo that she sported on her navel.

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Bipasha Basu-Dino Morea (1998)

Once a Bollywood couple, both the actors did a steamy photoshoot for a luxury inner wear brand. However, the ad got banned in India.

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Huma Qureshi on Femina (2014)

As part of their 'Be unstoppable' campaign, Huma Qureshi covered Femina holding a mannequin in her hand. The cover suggested that a curvy body is an acceptable female figure and one should feel comfortable in her own body type. While it got praises, the photoshoot also faced flak for promoting 'unhealthy' body types.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for Kalyan Jewellers (2015)

The actress portrayed a royal lady in one of the ads for the brand. The photo was however criticised for the racist angle of a dark young boy who was shown holding an umbrella for the lady in the ad.


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Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan

For an ad of a leading coffee brand, the star couple of Bollywood did a dancing photoshoot. In one of the poses, Arbaaz was seen holding Malaika in a very suggestive gesture and expressions that invited criticism from everywhere.


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Neetu Chandra and Krishika Gupta for Maxim (2012)

Neetu Chandra might not have had a great acting career, but she is known for this photoshoot with model Krishika Gupta. The photoshoot even got interrupted by a few right wing activists. They alleged that the shoot suggested 'lesbianism.'

First published: 19 August 2015, 21:43 IST
Vineeta Kumar @VineetaKumar_09

Vineeta brings Bollywood fun and intricate showbiz details to Catch/Speed News. She has worked with IndiaTV, Zee News, and is here to provide Catch readers with the best of 'quality entertainment'. A Delhi girl, Vineeta pursued BMMMC from I P College for Women, Delhi University, and craves to know more all the time. When she is not indulging in a serious cinematic discussion over a film she just watched, Vineeta is either reading a fantasy book or polishing her artistic skills.