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'I felt disturbed when a man touched'

Sensuous actress, Sushmita Sen, unveils the truth behind the controversial lip-locking scene in Chingari with Anuj Sawhney.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 10:12 IST

Sensuous actress, Sushmita Sen,is upset with her co-star of Chingari and wants the world to know it.

Why did you get upset with Anuj Sawhney after he talked to the media about the kissing scene in Chingari?
I don't think that a film like Chingari should be publicized in such a manner. I felt extremely hurt when Anuj gave importance to the kiss sequence rather than the whole message behind the film. I would not like to be part of this publicity stunt. For me, Chingari is about the dignity of a woman even though she is a sex worker.

How did it happen? Wasn't Anuj told not to talk about it?
Actually, some photographs were released for film's promotion. It was unfortunate that this young actor gave importance to something, which is very much irrelevant to me. If you look at the whole concept and idea behind doing this film, it's much more important and in-depth than any particular scene. I felt very humiliated by his statement.

But, is there anything wrong in talking about sexual overtones?
As I told you this film is about showing a prostitute, with the dignity she has as a woman. Kalpana Lajmi has not tried to emphasize the sexual part in a prostitute's life but on the contrary she has tried to be very subtle and suggestive and that's her style.

How was the experience of playing a sex worker on-screen?
Everytimea man used to touch me, I felt disturbed. I was fully aware that I was only acting, still I could feel the character of Basanti getting into my space.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 20:24 IST