The completion of 100 years of Indian cinema reflected on the red carpet at the 66th Cannes Film Festival as Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nandita Das, Sonam Kapoor, Ameesha Patel, Vidya Balan and many more sashayed down the aisle in France.
Amongst many first-timers was also the name of model and actor Sheryln Chopra. The Kamasutra (3D) actor attracted eyeballs with her off-white lehnga and a black transparent dress that she pulled off with a statement neckpiece. When in Chandigarh, Sheryln chooses to kick-start her conversation with her ‘Cannes experience’ saying, “The best part about Cannes was meeting Sharon Stone in person. The experience, overall, was f***ing fabulous; too good to be true, actually,” says a visibly excited Sherlyn.
And the woman she walked down the carpet with? “I like Vidya Balan’s daredevil nature, but I’m not a fan of her style statement. Being in this industry, being high on the glam quotient is very important; more so for me, as I now want to be recognised by Hollywood filmmakers.”
Finally getting down to her much-talked-about upcoming project, Kamasutra 3D, she defends herself by setting a disclaimer: ‘it’s not porn.’ “In our country, Kamasutra is usually associated with porn, which isn’t the case at all. Initially, even my sister thought I was working in a porn film. I know the intelligent audience would be able to differentiate between titillation and sexuality.”
Her take on nudity, of course: “Even if I have gone nude for the film, I bet no woman would be embarrassed watching my character. I have presented sexuality sensibly,” and that comes from the first Indian woman to have posed naked for Playboy magazine, about which, she says, “Before the Playboy shoot, I believe I was deceiving myself, taking up projects that didn’t give me happiness. Also, I have never really understood the logic behind judging a girl’s heart and character by the number of clothes she’s wearing. Nudity is very different from vulgarity.”
Sherlyn Chopra would next be seen hosting MTV Splitsvilla Season 6.