Added by Monique Robinson on March 22, 2013
In an interview with The Times of India Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian woman to appear in a forthcoming issue of Playboy Magazine, said she’s not concerned about the controversy surrounding her appearance in the magazine and her role in the upcoming film Kamasutra 3D, scheduled to make its first appearance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Questioning Chopra about India’s generally conservative approaches and attitudes ‘pollute the minds of the majority of’ people through sexism, racism, prejudice, casteism, and other ‘negative forces’. She went on to say she strongly believes ‘excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism’. Her comment is similar to her comment she gave to The Australian Eye News in October 2012.
Of her appearance in the forthcoming film, Kamasutra 3D – directed by Rupesh Paul – Chopra says Paul selected her for the leading role based on her ‘emotional quotients’ and was signed on within 48 hours of meeting the director for the first time.
Chopra describes the film, which takes place in the 14th century, as a ‘love saga that revolves around the journey of an Indian princess in pursuit of true love’.
Some critics of the film and Chopra’s role in it say the film is pornographic. Chopra responds pornography ‘cannot sustain my interest or the interests of a majority of cinema lovers for three hours at a stretch’. Chopra’s use of the phrase ‘cinema lovers’, says an entertainment journalist, clearly demonstrates that Chopra is serious about using the film to boost her acting career and skills to a higher level.
In the interview, Chopra said she hopes to get into film production sometime in 2014, adding she currently has ‘an interesting line-up of projects’ which would keep her busy until the end of 2013. Chopra did not elaborate whether her films would be in the Bollywood films genre.
Kamasutra 3D was previously announced to make its debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which runs between May 15 and 26, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema.
Of the film, director Rupesh Paul said, “The film will do the rounds at various film festivals, and it will be in a way a celebration of Indian culture also apart from Indian cinema.”
Indian actresses have been stirring up controversy within India with their open sexuality. Poonam Pandey said she will make her debut appearance in the film ‘Nasha’, an adult rated coming of age Hindi film, previously announced to be scheduled for release sometime in 2013. Nasha is a Hindi word that loosely translates to addiction.
A 1996 film called Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love, directed by Mira Nair, centered around two women – friends since childhood – that became sexual rivals when they matured. The film made headlines at the time since it included bold acts and some nudity by its two leading actresses Indira Varma and Sarita Choudhury.