Photographer G Venket Ram has recreated some of the iconic paintings of the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma’s for a calendar. He roped in popular south actors Samantha Akkineni, Shruti Haasan, Ramya Krishnan and Aishwarya Rajesh as his muses.

Samantha shared a stunning picture of herself, recreating Varma’s painting of a woman holding a fruit. “Always the best working with you @venketramg… recreating Ravi varmas work for NAAM. So glad I could be a part of this meaningful project .. Thankyou,” she wrote in the captions. Former actor Namrata Shirodkar called her ‘so so pretty’ as Kriti Kharbanda exclaimed ‘Wow!’

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Ramya recreated Varma’s painting of Damayanti. Just like the original, Ramya is seen dressed in a red sari, talking to the swan who told her about King Nala’s love for her. “Recreating Ravi Varmas work for NAAM …feeling blessed thank you @suhasinihasan for this wonderful opportunity and @venketramg your the best…..glad to have been a part of this project,” she wrote with her picture. Actor Khushbu Sundar wrote, “My dear @meramyakrishnan I am seriously thinking of disowning you as my friend.. you are so beautiful that I feel jealous n envious of your beauty.. yenna pannalaamnnu neeye sollu.”

Shruti Haasan recreated two paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. One is a lady by a river while another is the Rani of Kurupam. She is dressed in a purple sari for one and in a blue, ornate sari for another. “Such an incredible experience shooting for this and such an honour to be associated with this cause !! Thankyou @suhasinihasan Akka for making me a part of something so memorable,” she wrote with the pictures.

Aishwarya Rajesh also posed for a picture. “It was a fantastic experience working with G Venket Ram (@venketramg) and suhasini (@suhasinihasan) for recreating Ravi varma project for NAAM. So glad I could participate in such a meaningful project,” she wrote. In her photo, she is seen sitting on a chair in a red sari, holding a small bouquet of roses.

It was released in celebration of Naam Charitable Trust, which completed a decade of work in women empowerment.

Such beautiful photos!