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    Rakhi Sawant: “I don’t need publicity”

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Tuesday, June 13, 2006
    “I don''t need publicity, the publicity needs me,” says item girl Rakhi Sawant. Rakhi Sawant who was recently seen-n-heard in Priyadarshan’s hit comedy Malamaal Weekly is known for her bold pop videos like Mujhe Budhdha Mil Gaya or Pardesiya or her censor-unfriendly sequence in Deepak Tijori’s Khamosh where she bared her back while taking a bath. She created a furore a month ago when the police objected to her ‘obscene’ dance moves during a stage show in Kolahpur. In the days that followed she found herself being interviewed by the top editors. She repeated again and again that her ‘freedom of expression is being violated by stopping her shows’. IndiaGlitz caught up with the fourteen film old actress-item girl about the latest controversy and her plans for the future:

    What exactly happened that night at ‘Someplace Else’ with Mika?

    The world knows what happened. Ask me what happened after that.

    Ok, what happened after you filed a police complaint against Mika for forcibly kissing you?

    Initially he was saying that he is not at fault and I am a kid who is overreacting. Then he started threatening me. He said that he won't allow me to perform in shows in Delhi and Chandigarh. In fact he had been denying that he ever kissed me but after the photographs that were published in all the newspapers, he doesn't have a place to run

    Has he approached you or apologized to you?

    He has been calling me regularly saying that he wants to meet me. But I want a public apology from him either in public, or before the police or the before the media.

    What happened in Kolahpur where police objected to your dance movements?

    I am very upset with this Mika incident. I really wouldn’t want to talk about Kolahpur issue.

    People who’ve worked with you are saying that you are doing all this for publicity, that you’ve staged this whole thing

    (Sounding irritated) I don’t need publicity. Publicity needs me. Let people say whatever they feel like.

    You are doing an item number in your brother Rakesh Sawant’s film ‘Hot Money’ where you are clad in a dress made up of coins

    I am doing this song Paisa Khuda Hai for my brother’s film. I would have wanted to act in it as well, but I guess I would feel awkward before my brother. But as for the song, then I am sure it will create ripples in the industry.

    Are you happy being called as an Item Girl?

    I am happy being an item girl as I find nothing wrong in it. I am also doing lots of movies where I play second leads, negative characters and character roles. Of course I shall be seen in many item songs as well. When I have what others lack, then why shouldn't I make the most of it! I like all my songs, although the censor people are not comfortable with what I do. But I just don't care.

    Where do you find your strength from?

    My Mom is my biggest supporter and then my God….My Ganpati…revered Ganesh ji who gives me strength to keep going on.

    Any role models

    No…I am my own role model. Except God, there’s no one before whom I feel like bending.

    And what is it that she would like to be remembered as?

    I don’t know…Never really thought about that….I guess they’ll remember me as an item girl…What else.


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