'I am not hot and sexy'

Updated on Jan 18, 2006 05:52 PM IST

Miss India Earth 2003 Niharika Singh wants to act but isn't sure if she would be comfortable doing dare bare scenes.

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None | ByAlka Rastogi, Lucknow

Miss India Earth 2003 Niharika Singh says Bollywood is her next stop and she hopes to get some good offers very soon.
Don't you think beauty queens are hypocrites when it comes to flaunting their social commitments of doing charity work?
No. I don't agree that actresses, beauty queens merely talk about such commitments. Many of them are not hypocrites but are genuinely wedded to social issues.

Usually girls are thought to be mere sex symbols that show off their body in skimpy clothes. On the contrary, I think it is a myth that winners take up a cause to keep abreast with the trend. It is wrong to perceive that just because you are glam girl, you cannot feel for the downtrodden. Despite my busy schedule, I find time for Rotary Club social activities or making a blood bank program a success or taking part in polio awareness campaigns. I think Diana Hayden, Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen still associate with their causes.

General perception is that beauty queens cannot act? What do you have to say?
It is erroneous to presume that models cannot act. Beauty queens are selected after grueling competition. Only a very talented girl can act and models are very talented. If this had not been true, film producers would not have opted for models to play lead role in their films. A large number of models like Lara Dutta, Sushmita Sen, Dia Mirza, Bipasha Basu, Aishwarya Rai have joined the bandwagon. That is why Bollywood simply loves Miss Indias. I think male models also make good actors because they are selected after a talent hunt.

Do you consider yourself sexy?
I am sweet not sexy. I don't think I would feel comfortable wearing a bikini on-screen.

What if the director wants you to wear a skimpy outfit?
I don't know. May be I might have to review my decision later. But at present I think I will not be comfortable in a bikini in reel life. I don't think I am a hot girl.

Don't you think you are restricting roles for yourself?
I think I am talented and can become a good actress. The rules that I have set for myself are not irrevocable. I might amend them later. But I still feel that I am not a hot girl who can freely do dare-to-bare acts.

So, what projects have you taken up lately?
I have done a music video with Babul Supriyo.

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