Deepika and beau Siddharth judge models for Kingfisher calendar
Mumbai: Deepika Padukone and Sidhartha Mallya, the owner of Kingfisher Airlines, judged models for the Kingfisher Calendar 2011 here on Tuesday.
Many aspiring models took part in the contest with the hope of appearing in the limited edition Kingfisher swimsuit calendar.
This year, too, ace lensman Atul Kasbekar would shoot the entire calendar.
Padukone said models have to be not only good looking, but also intelligent.
"I think apart from just a great body and a great face, I think it`s also very important for the girls to be smart witty, intelligent, because at the end of the day, it`s not, like I said, it`s not just the way you look, I think it`s the entire package, and I think that`s what really takes one forward in life if you really want to become successful. So, I am looking for someone who is, you know, not just good looking but also very, very intelligent," said Padukone.
She added that she had also been a part of the calendar, and empathised with the aspiring calendar girls.
"When I was there in the calendar, there was no hunt for the girls. I think I was just lucky that I had already started modelling and these people (Kasbekar) noticed me and I was a part of the calendar, and I think I am really fortunate that till today I have never really been part of a contest or never been part of a Miss India, so I think somewhere I feel a lot of, I mean, I feel nervous for these girls because I know what it feels like to sort of go through judges, and to be judged for the way you look and things like that. So, it`s definitely tough on them," added Padukone.
Mallya said that it was one of the biggest platforms for aspiring models.
He also complimented the models, saying they were bold and beautiful.
The calendar, introduced in 2003, was the first of its kind in India, and promises twelve months of glamour and visual appeal.
Kingfisher Airlines and the Kingfisher range of beers are both owned by the United Breweries group.