Valentine’s Day 2022: Portraits of Love in Ads


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Valentine’s Day 2022: Portraits of Love in Ads

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In January 2015, Architectural Digest of India received the rare honor of filming Rashtrapati Bhawan; when it comes to private shrines off the beaten track, nothing is rarer than the residence of the president of India. Ballrooms with frescoes, arched hallways, any of the 340 rooms can be featured on the cover. But when Derry Moore turned the camera on the famous inhabitants of this architectural marvel, she captured a moment so tender we had to put it on our cover – First Lady Suvra Mukherjee looking up at her forty Husband of many years, President Pranab Mukherjee, wore an untrained smile as they posed together.

Photo by Derry Moore

AD’s pages have seen more of these precious moments over the past decade, and for Valentine’s Day 2022, we’ve put them together for you to enjoy.

Lakshmi Menon and Nawazuddin Siddiqui

This is not a real life couple, but the black and white image of Lakshmi and Nawazuddin is AD’s romantic idea. In the September 2019 issue, we celebrate conservation architect Vikas Dilawari’s restoration of the Flora Fountain by recreating Fellini’s iconic scene Sweet Life, Anita Ekberg wades through the Trevi Fountain by moonlight. India’s number one supermodel, Lakshmi Menon, who has rarely photographed for magazines for years, made a comeback within 24 hours of arriving in India from Goa. Nawazuddin Siddiqui signed on to play his “hero” Marcello Mastroianni immediately upon his return from Rome. A love letter to Mumbai and its architecture, Lakshmi and Nawazuddin play Cupid.

Photo by Bikramjit Bose

Raghu Rai and Gurmeet Sangha Rai

In our 2020 “Self-Portrait” issue, we asked some of the greatest photographers to capture their living spaces, with photos of Raghu Rai including wife Gurmeet. Here’s what he wrote about the house they built together: “We lived around central Delhi for 30 years, but we didn’t look around for our house until 2000. I found it in Mehrauli, which is a short distance from the World Heritage Site. Qutub Minar 300 meters, separated by a jungle of green kikar (thorny acacia) trees, this is not a design but a natural brilliance or goodwill. This long and wide green can be seen from our third floor apartment in Mehrauli Small monuments dot this green belt. Spacious living-dining room with large windows opening to the green, fascinates me. One of the three large bedrooms faces the same view. Since nature means a lot to me, I bring Met my wife, conservation architect, to see the possibilities. The house has both a green heritage park and an infinite stretch of sky, which explains our fascination with it.”

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