Steamy scenes in Bollywood tend to easily make headlines. But Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy doesn’t understand why. A few days ago, it was suggested that the actor’s co-star Preeti Desai in Shor In The City got apprehensive about her love scene and felt that it was too sensuous.
But Sendhil doesn’t get what the big deal is. “Is there a brouhaha? It’s a very gentle and tender scene. Nothing to be brouhaha-ed over! It’s actually the tamest love scene I’ve done,” he says, adding that it is completely organic to the story and not offensive at all.
When asked whether he felt intimate scenes are over-hyped in India, he shoots back, “I don’t think so. It’s just a different culture. Since these scenes aren’t typical in Bollywood, PR people use it to sell magazines and movie tickets, which is part of the business.”
The 37-year-old actor doesn’t particularly care about these marketing tactics. Neither does he mince words to say that there are lots of things he doesn’t like about the process of promoting a film in US and India.
“I hope that when audiences leave the theatre the love scene is not the most memorable thing they go back with,” says Sendhil, who was taken around the city by Preeti (reportedly actor Abhay Deol’s girlfriend) on his trip to Mumbai. “I didn’t know anyone, so she took me out to meet her friends. We had a lot of fun and have kept in touch regularly.”
Sendhil, who will make his Bollywood debut this month with Ekta Kapoor’s Shor In The City, always wanted to act in an Indian film. “I was blown away when directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK gave me the script for Shor... and the short film it’s based on,” he says. “It’s truly a smart and an entertaining comedy.”
Though the actor is yet to watch the version of the film that will release in India, he is happy with the response the festival cut got in New York and Dubai. “I think every actor is nervous about how a film will be received. But in the end, all you can do is your best and the rest is out of your hands,” he says.