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    “I’m selfish, I’m greedy…I want more,” says Sherlyn Chopra

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Thursday, January 11, 2007
    “All I am looking for in my man is right things at the right places,” says actress Sherlyn Chopra who claims to be “a good faker. I can fake anything”. Right. Well, she has films like ‘Naughty Boy’ and ‘Timepass’ to her credit which are high on seedy skin thrills and her forthcoming thriller ‘Red Swastik’ is a testimony to the fact that she loves to shed her inhibitions (and clothes) with the same energetic zeal as her articulate (deliberately provocative) answers. And her new year’s resolution happens to be to take decisions ‘not dil se but dimaag se’. Whatever that means…Over to a tete-a-tete with the girl who says that she is ‘selfish and greedy’! Obviously she is insatiable…Nothing less than a cheetah for her…

    What kind of character are you playing in your film ‘Red Swastik’?

    In ‘Red Swastik’ I play a troubled character. A character that is quite complex. She has innumerable shades to it. She is an all rounder. She encounters a brutal accident and what leads her to get vengeful. She is a good girl who becomes bad and does bad things for a good cause.

    There seems to be a similarity with ‘Basic Instinct’ especially the cop being seduced by a serial killer

    That could be a new addition to films which have inspired my director Vinod Pande. Not every scene is cut copy paste. Be it ‘Basic Instinct’ or Charlize Theron’s ‘Monster’ or any other film. It has the universal appeal. Every girl shall find shades of herself in the film. You shall see lots of shades in my character like she plays a bubbly side to her, a very vulnerable side, a highly erotic side to her too.

    You’ve been pushing the envelope in terms of exposing for what I’ve gathered from the ‘Red Swastik’ promos, it’s something we haven’t seen too often in Bollywood…

    I haven’t done anything to push the envelope. I think boldness is in the mind. If you think that doing a nude back scene or a French kiss bold then my definition of bold is something else. If this is bold then I don’t know what the real bold would mean to you.

    Mallika Sherawat and Neha Dhupia pale in comparison in what you are doing in Red Swastik….

    I would never want to compete with Mallika Sherawat. I adore her. This is definitely not a competition. I am not competing with anyone. I am not saying that hey I’ve got this many numbers of kisses…take it or leave it.

    You were Mona Chopra, now you’re Sherlyn Chopra but your director Vinod Pande calls you Maneka Chopra….What’s in a name anyway….Right!

    I don’t know why he keeps saying that. I don’t know why he has this obsession with Maneka. I intend to stick to my original name which is Sherlyn.

    You are often accused of inventing controversies to stay in news….

    The media keeps imposing things that I invite these controversies and that I am a sucker for controversies. But that’s not true. What do they get from it…maybe a two minute publicity or a twenty four hour publicity. But then that’s not enough for me. I am selfish, I am greedy. I want more. I don’t work on building controversies.

    You’ve done films like ‘Naughty Boy’, ‘Timepass’ etc. but you come across as articulate… What’s future in store….

    (Laughs) I have made enough blunders. Now I can’t afford to make any more blunders. Else I will be kicked out of the industry. My new year resolution would be not to take decisions ‘dil se but dimaag se’.

    You are also doing a mainstream movie like ‘Raqeeb’

    It’s a Raj Kanwar film. It’s a thriller starring Rahul Khanna, Tanushree Dutta, Sharman Joshi and myself. I have been given a beautiful song with mind-blowing scenes. All I can say is that just wait and watch for the new Sherlyn Chopra.

    There were reports of Tanushree Dutta’s name featuring on an escort web site…

    Something should be done about these perverts. They should be executed, sent to some mental asylum, given electric shocks. I don’t know why they strip a woman of her dignity. We come from our home towns. We dare to bare. But we are mistaken for being easily available. These perverts should be given a free lecture on the difference between illusion and reality.

    What else are you doing?

    I am awaiting my music album to be launched soon. I pretend to sing (laughs)….I am a good faker. I can fake anything. Anywhere….

    What kind of a man would fascinate you?

    I’d say a believer. I don’t want him to be a crorepati. If he is a believer and if he has got the right kind of stuff between his ears and below the belt, he would know how to be a crorepati. He would know how to be famous. He would know everything. All I am looking for in my man is right things at the right places. (laughs)


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