Bollywood starlet Sherlyn Chopra is set to create history when she appears as the first Indian woman to be featured in the November issue of Playboy. The 28-year-old actress, who has played bit parts in a variety of forgettable Bollywood films, is the reason behind a media storm where many accuse her for shaming the country by appearing naked in the adult magazine.
Chopra has revealed that she wrote to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner asking to be featured in his magazine and had to work hard in order to land the gig. Although apprehensive at first, she is ecstatic to be first Indian woman to be featured on the cover of this internationally-recognised brand. She told BBC Hindi: “It is not an easy task to be nude in front of the camera and look good at the same time.”
Her controversial move has left India stunned as it struggles to come to terms that an Indian woman would be publicly flaunting her ‘modesty’ to an international audience. While some have reacted negatively on microblogging website Twitter, there are those who see this bold move as positive both for Chopra and brand India.
One Twitter user commented: “She’s not hot, she’s repulsive”, while media commentator Gayatri Sankar said: “At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra’s pictures wound a woman’s integrity.”
However, there are those who see this move as progressive and honest and applaud Chopra for making a distinctive if controversial career choice. Journalist Rajyasree Sen wrote in her opinion piece on a national news publication: “Sherlyn, the nation is proud.”
However, all the attention does not seem to affect Chopra who is proud of her Playboy gig: “I have become the first Indian to pose naked for Playboy and nobody can take away that achievement from me.”
Whatever her reasons, her latest role has brought Chopra plenty of media attention – and that’s even before her photos debut on the world market. Having created history, once can only expect Chopra to go from strength to strength.