I see myself as a sex revolutionary: Sherlyn Chopra
Unlike her other contemporaries who vie for media attention through controversies, Sherlyn seems to be the destiny child and certainly the chosen one to repress India in its boldest form. While some applaud her for the brave effort, others think the Playboy shoot to be a shameful act. Whatever the case be, the fact remains that Sherlyn Chopra has arrived in the industry, and like HOW!
After creating enough buzz on the web with her sizzling pics, the starlet is now creating a sensation with her upcoming film Kamasutra 3D. Yes, rumors are ripe that the hottie is back in the film. WOW, Sherlyn definitely has shed all inhibitions, if there were any, and is all set to be the ultimate 'sex goddess' that Indian film fraternity would have ever seen.
Here's the starlet in a candid conversation with itimes.com, sharing some behind the camera moments of her playboy shoot, Kamasutra film, acting bold and more. Read the interview and know Sherlyn a little better than before.
Your hot photos from the Playboy shoot created a buzz on twitter. Do you think you gave the first glimpse to your fans a bit too early and put their curiosity on rest?
It is never too early or too late to share iconic news on a social platform. In spite of having made known to my followers/friends on Twitter and on Facebook that my Playboy pictorial would be out in 2013, I receive innumerable tweets/posts each day from them about their undying urge to know the exact date of release of my PB Cover. I'm now thoroughly assured that in the days to come, this uncommon curiosity would gain a crazy momentum, the kind, which would be beyond human comprehension.
How was the experience of doing this bold photoshoot for Playboy cover? Were you overtly comfortable without any clothes or did some anxiety bother you?
The experience was fabulous. It felt pure to have felt total nakedness in front of a camera. I'm most certain that Eve must have felt the same way until she had eaten the forbidden fruit of knowledge that had induced a feeling of shame into her mind which had caused her to run for cover. The creative team of my Playboy cover shoot, the hair, make-up, accessories, concepts and everything else were simply FABULOUS!!!!!
Do you think this milestone of posing on an international magazine cover would help shape up your Bollywood career in a better way?
I'm glad to know that you consider my accomplishment nothing less than a milestone. I like to do what I love and to do it for the joy and thrill of it. I have no preconceived notion of what the consequences of my international achievement are going to be. Currently, I'm working towards attracting films that are high on sexual content as erotica is my most favourite genre in cinema. Popular Bollywood films are no more merely about song and dance, gloss and/or breathtaking visuals. Trends in Bollywood are changing for better with the changing times. I personally believe that the only way to be known as an actor/a brand of great substance/calibre, of enigmatic screen presence and of great competence is by associating with those who are superb story tellers, with those whose film-making skills boast of conviction/belief and most importantly with those who are not driven by "brand perceptions". The new and improved Bollywood does have such film-makers who choose to not have a herd mentality but to explore the intelligence, excellence and creativity of their individual minds.
You have done a bold photoshoot for PETA campaign also. How do you think baring it all help a cause, as lot of people feel it's just a publicity gimmick?
I never bared it all for PETA. It is true that a lot of people feel that posing with bare minimum is a publicity gimmick. It is also true that the voice of the majority need not necessarily always be the sound of truth.
'Kamasutra 3D' marks another bold step in your career. Are there any apprehensions or inhibitions about the audiences' response?
My Playboy cover which is scheduled to release in 2013 has been my first step towards excellence. Kamasutra 3D would most definitely take me a hundred steps ahead from where I am at today. I have zero apprehensions concerning the audiences' response to Kamasutra 3D. This doesn't mean that I'm over confident. It's just that my immense belief and faith in the quality of the content of this film leave no room for apprehensions and/or inhibitions pertaining to the outcome of the same. I'm super excited to be making my debut in May 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival where the first look of Kamasutra 3D would be unveiled.
Why has the director of the film decided to shoot the steamy scenes in a Hollywood studio? Why not in home country itself?
Director Rupesh Paul does not want the film to run into any sort of legal trouble. Bold scenes, if shot in India, could create unwanted issues. Some communal organizations might exploit the situation just to make headlines. And so, considering the super sensitive cultural atmosphere and the sentiments of communal, political outfits in India, the makers have decided to shoot the explicit scenes in Los Angeles. The rest of the film and its songs would be shot in Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP and Mumbai.
Does shooting outside India guarantee that the film won't land in any trouble post its release?
Kamasutra 3D shall have a world wide release. The Law of the land in each country where the film would release would most definitely not be ignored by the film's makers, presenters and distributors.
What about your future plans in Bollywood? Do you wish to do only bold scenes on-screen or would you experiment with other genres as well?
If a project lacks the potential to take me forward from where I'm at today, I would not want to invest my time and efforts into it. I'm now in the exclusive pursuit of and I'm open strictly to EXCELLENCE.
Any comments on your contemporaries like Poonam Pandey, Rozlyn Khan, Sofia Hayat etc, who are following the simple approach - shed-clothes-and-become-famous.
Let every individual excel and succeed who strives sincerely, passionately, truly and madly to excel and to succeed. I truly believe that there's enough space and work for all of us on planet Earth.
When it comes to performing bold and sexy scenes, who gives you a sense of competition from the industry?
Sherlyn Chopra. I wish to compete with no one but myself as I truly desire to be a better, refined version of myself with each passing day. I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live her life in an open way, artistically. What would be a position of vulnerability for others is a position of power for me. I'm in control the most when I'm not wearing anything. Most often, we tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way. I also see myself as a sex revolutionary. A part of the sexual revolution is bringing rationality to sexuality. I feel the older I get, the more I'm learning about the false interpretations of life which often mislead and misguide us through prejudice, sexism and other darkened forms of understanding of the human mind. And I strongly believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
Favourite Bollywood actor: Smita Patil, Sridevi, SRK
Bollywood director you want to work with: He recently passed away...
Cricketer you'd like to date: Yuvraj Singh as I'd like to meet him in person and salute him for his iron-will and strength to have fought cancer victoriously.
Worst comment you have ever received: That I'm all plastic
Your favourite holiday spot: Los Angeles
One politician you hate: I dislike politicians who lack real integrity
Your take on one-night stand: It's a game for those who are faint hearted
Best compliment you can recall: Most of my followers address me as Kama Devi and I quite like it
Man of your dreams: One who is calm, serene, emotionally poised and not intimidated by me or by what I stand for and who is a real hero in bed.