Last year, she caught every young and old man’s fancy, and became the reason for every woman’s envy after featuring on a hot Playboy magazine cover. Now, model Candice Boucher is looking forward to the release of her Bollywood debut Azaan where she warns that no one should go expecting skin show from the South African hottie. “Those who enter the cinema hall expecting any kind of lingerie on show will return disappointed because there is no skin show in Azaan,” she laughs. “Of course, the script had room for one or two suggestive sequences but nothing more to offer, sorry!”
The 27-year-old is glad that the film’s producers and director have presented her in a completely different, unheard of avatar. “We’ve moved away from the kind of image people have of me. Thank god for this diametrically different role,” adds the first-timer who plays a Moroccan sand artist Afreen, a love interest of sorts for the film’s hero. Mastering sand art, she states, wasn’t easy: “We had a Russian girl to teach me the basic aspects like throwing sand like a pro and playing with it. Otherwise, my on-screen personality is pretty much like who I really am.”
Reports had suggested that Candice was afraid to bare it all because of India’s modern-yet-conservative mindset. “That’s true. I was apprehensive because this is India. It’s got a mixed culture. But it’s not the west where lingerie and swimsuit shoots don’t raise eyebrows,” she explains, adding that she pre-empted that the Indian audience would not appreciate skin show. “I really respect and admire Indians for it. With Azaan, I hope to strike more of an emotional connect than a ‘physical’ connect or a skin show connect.”
Candice Boucher is a South African model, who grabbed headlines last year with a picture on the cover of the April 2010 issue of the infamous Playboy magazine. She has also been featured in like Sports Illustrated, GQ, FHM, Cosmopolitan and Elle.