She’s is the first Indian woman to have posed nude for the Playboy cover. Sherlyn Chopra is now excited about her next erotic adventure, the film Kamasutra 3D. We caught up with the uninhibited and uncensored sex siren on a rainy afternoon in Mumbai…..
What is Sherlyn Chopra doing these days?
I am preparing to shoot for my epic movie Kamasutra 3D and also enjoying the tremendous response I am getting for my debut television stint, MTV Splitsvilla. There’s something more I am working on which I will discuss once it’s done.
One needs to have a fabulous body and the willingness to show it off to be a Playboy playmate; what more do you need to have be on the Playboy cover?
You have to have the money to buy a ticket to fly to the Playboy mansion. Do you have the money?
I don’t believe that you shelled out money from your own pocket to fly to the US….
Oh yes, I did! What else does one need to be on the Playboy cover? You need have faith in yourself. I wrote a letter to Hugh Hefner and expressed my interest to shoot for Playboy magazine. I did not say that I want to do any shoot with Playboy. I was very specific that I wanted to shoot for the Playboy cover and not for the inside pages or for any other Playboy shoot.
We hear that you received a handwritten letter from Hugh Hefner…
Yes, I have that letter with me even today and soon I am going to laminate it. (Shooting for the Playboy and meeting Hefner) was undoubtedly the best phase of my life.
Does thinking about that phase make you emotional?
Yes, it does. When I returned after my Playboy assignment, what happened around me, woh sab ummeed se dugna tha. Aur kaafi unexpected tha. I did not realise that the Playboy assignment would change me.
How has the stint with Playboy changed you?
I have become free-spirited, which I was not earlier. Aaj jo bolna chahati hoon, who main bolti hoon – yeh nahi sochti ki bolungi toh uska kya anjaam ho sakta hain. I have become an open book now.
Were there any inhibitions before dropping clothes for Playboy?
Before the body make-up or after it?
Well, after the body make-up I felt like I was a super-woman who could do anything! When you have a brand new Jaguar car, do you hesitate to show it off? Toh kuch waisa hee haal tha mera.
We hear that Playboy was not happy with your shoot so the cover was not released and therefore you were not invited to the Playboy lifestyle party. Is that right?
Nobody has seen the cover in India because it is not released yet. Inshallah yeah year end tak release ho jaaye. And as far as the Playboy lifestyle party is concerned, let me inform you that Playboy magazine and Playboy Lifestyle are the two different verticals.
An A-list Bollywood diva said in a recent interview that Indian women are not suited to don a bikini. Do you agree?
One can’t jump into the water without a bikini. If not a bikini, what else? Grandma chaddis?
There’s a lot of buzz about your movie Kamasutra 3D. Mira Nair made Kamasutra in 1997. What is your film about?
Kamasutra 3D is a passionate love saga. It’s a journey of an Indian princess who takes a voyage in pursuit of her husband. What happens on that voyage and whether she finds her husband is the crux of the story.
Why does this film have to be in 3D?
The intent is to take the audience with me on the voyage. I want the audience to experience what happens with my body and my mind, ekdum karreb se.
We gave the world the Kamasutra – the art of love making – and yet sex is not discussed openly in India….
I stand for freedom of expression. Agar aap kuch express karna chahte ho lekin kar na sako, toh jeene ka matlab kya hain? For me sex is the expression of true love!
You have an incredible fan following on Twitter but your critic believe that Sherlyn Chopra’s work is provocative and can have a negative impact on society…
Matlab logon ka kehna hain ki mere tasveer dekhkar koi aadmi uttejit hokar kisi ka balatkar karta hain..mujhe lagta hain kharabee tasveeron main nahi, balki unki soch main hain.
There are many bold and beautiful babes who are trying to make a name for themselves. Rakhi Sawant has been around for a while, Veena Malik is getting movie offers, Poonam Pandey made her Bollywood debut with Nasha. What is the USP of Sherlyn Chopra that can make her stand out in this crowd?
I don’t have any USP. And I am glad that you mentioned all these name in the same breath and associated me with them.
So you are not particularly happy when you are clubbed in the same category..
Pehle dikkat hoti thi. But I know that I stand for freedom of speech. But if the media thinks that we are of the same category, agar kisiko lagta hai ki mujhme aur unmein koi farak nahi hain, toh so be it.
You have two diametrically opposite personalities – the bold image portrayed in the media and the shy, soft-spoken Sherlyn who is involved in charity work..
Mujhe lagta hain ki har kaam selfish nahi hona chahiye. I truly enjoyed the art of giving. It makes me feel a true human being. Mujhe besahara logon ki madat karne accha lagta hain and I will be doing this work in the future. And in the future I don’t need any media presence to highlight my noble work, because the media very often twists the stories.
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