Neetu Chandra's recent shoot for a men's magazine has sparked political controversy. Neetu shot with model Krishikha Gupta for an outrageous girl-on-girl action photoshoot for The Man's June 2009 issue, which will be on the stands in the first week of June.
It all began when she was shooting outside the lobby of a three-star hotel, when a group of regular male customers watching it by the pool, suddenly started raising strong objections, by indiscriminately shouting at her and the magazine crew. Things spiralled into an ugly argument and the group started screaming 'Jai Maharashtra'.
Alleging that the shoot was promoting lesbianism, the group got aggressive and physically harmed the crew. They claimed to have connections with Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and threatened an agitation. They even tried to confiscate the camera and the shoot had to be cancelled.
An angry Neetu spoke to the media: "Though the concept about two girls getting very intimate was a bit outrageous, we were doing it very aesthetically. But these men were a frustrated lot and couldn't take the heat. They only saw nudity."
The actress explains, "First they tried to seek my attention with smiles and stares, so I acknowledged them. But as I went on with my work, the whole group of men suddenly started feeling ignored and began creating a scene. They did manage to scare me when they started to politicise the issue and scream communal slogans. That was when we had to stop the shoot."
The magazine has however decided to go ahead with the images they managed before the ruckus at the hotel began and the next issue will hit the stands in a couple of days.
Image Courtesy: Dale Bhagwagar Media Group