Bollywood bombshell Sherlyn Chopra has gained the distinction of becoming the first Indian woman to take it all off for Playboy .
The shoot of the 28-year-old starlet, who has only appeared in a handful of films and the Indian Big Brother –like reality TV show Bigg Boss , took place in July and her pictorial will be published in the November issue.
Pictures of herself at the Playboy Mansion, including shots of her posing with Hugh Hefner (who is wearing his trademark bathrobe), have also been circulating on the internet.
In an interview with BBC Hindi, she said that she’s proud to be the first Indian woman to do so and regards it as an achievement.
The inevitable media frenzy and public attention has resulted in criticism and stirred up debate. Criticism has ranged from online commenters calling her “repulsive” to model Rozlyn Khan—who herself has stripped for PETA and breast cancer campaigns—mocking her on Twitter (“girls use brains and not body”).
Gayatri Sankar blogged a commentary at ZeeNews.com about the news. She wrote: “At a time when innocent women across the nation from Gujarat to Guwahati have been subjected to sexual abuse and humiliation, one wonders if Sherlyn Chopra’s pictures wound a woman’s integrity. Isn’t it an irony that on the one side as common women strive hard to safeguard their modesty, the Sherlyn Chopras encourage voyeurism?”
Indian consumers won’t actually be able to purchase the print edition as Playboy magazine is banned in India.
Other South Asian stars who have sparked controversy by posing naked include Pakistani actor Veena Malik, who appeared to take it all off for the December 2011 cover of FHM India . However, confusion arose when the Lollywood star denied that she posed nude, even though the magazine asserted she had. She reportedly also received death threats.
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Ever since she posted pics of her Playboy shoot, Sherlyn Chopra has started trending on Twitter. The model cum actress is the first Indian to ever feature on the cover of Playboy and needless to say it has garnered a lot of attention- both good, bad and ugly. Twitterati has gone ahead with a whole range of Sherlyn Chopra jokes most of them even taking a dig at Poonam Pandey. Here are some of the hilarious ones doing the rounds on Twitter:
Laugh Riot ?@Laugh_Riot: What Poonam Pandey couldn’t do after India’s WC win, Sherlyn Chopra did even before we won any medal in Olympics!!!
Guv rav?@BwoyBlunder: Sherlyn Chopra walked into a bra
Gabbar singh ?@GabbbarSingh: Sherlyn chopra was active OFF twitter, Poonam Pandey was active ON. Compare. There is a lesson in thr for all of us. #Twitter
Sapan V?@sapanv: Dara Singh gave up on life – Nobody talks about him. Sherlyn Chopra decides to give up on clothes – Trends in India. #ItHappensOnlyInIndia
Rofl Indian?@Roflindian: Sherlyn Chopra pics: Make up on face and fake up elsewhere.
Dinesh Ghodke ?@DineshGhodke: #ItHappensOnlyInIndia: Sherlyn Chopra, PoonamPandey without clothes trend in IndianMedia &SlumChildren without clothes trend internationally
Angry Bombay Girl ?@shadymumbai: While 87 year old Hugh Hefner was holding Sherlyn Chopra’s hand..Our 40 yr old indian Chinpanzee @kamaalrkhan was busy with his right hand
Jose Covaco ?@HoeZaay: Say whatever you want, but Sherlyn Chopra went ahead and did what Poonam Pandey has been lying to us about all this time.
Avinash Iyer ?@IyerAvin: Sherlyn Chopra may soon start selling Being Hugh-man Tshirts.
Mihir.S.Bijur ?@MihirBijur: Twitter: A place where Sherlyn Chopra & Poonam Pandey keep setting benchmarks for each other.
Angry Bombay Girl ?@shadymumbai: So Sherlyn chopra Strips for “The man ” V/s Poonam Pandey ..who will strips every time someone wins a game of Cricket ,chess ,carrom or Ludo
Dhruv ?@GhantaGuy: ”I’m unfollowing you.” – Sherlyn Chopra to clothes
Wills the Dopey ?@NanguPanguu: Thanks to Sherlyn Chopra, tonight many of you will become Vicky Donor for your wash basin.
Faking News ?@fakingnews: Dear Sherlyn Chopra, do you realize how much pressure you have put on Poonam Pandey?
Angry Bombay Girl ?@shadymumbai: Sherlyn Chopra is the POONAM Pandey of the Upper Middle Class.