Why me? Poonam Pandey asks why her film's posters are being taken down, while porn star Sunny Leone has been welcomed with open arms

Friday, 26 July 2013 - 8:29am IST | Agency: DNA

Chronic shocker Poonam Pandey is now in a shock. A political party has been pulling down the posters of her debut film Nasha.

Poonam is a little hurt. “I don’t normally allow myself to get affected. But I never expected I’d be targeted this way for my first film. I knew I wouldn’t be welcomed with open arms in cine industry. I’ve no Godfather, no support from the industry. But I didn’t expect this.
What have I done that is so scandalous?”

She lashes out at the hypocrisy of showbiz. “I don’t think I’ve ever crossed limits. I’ve always said more than I’ve done. I’ve seen so many posters and hoardings that are far more suggestive than mine. My posters have nothing scandalous in them. I haven’t shown my private parts. People in this country give so much respect to a hardcore porn actress from abroad but they frown on a daughter of the nation. Whereas I have never done anything that can be considered pornographic. Nasha is not a porn film. It’s a proper mainstream Hindi movie. Of course, since I star in it, there’s skin show. But that apart, there is a lot in the film.”

The devil-may-care girl says the image and the individual are the same. “What you see and read about me on the Internet is what I am. It isn’t as if my team and I sat down and scripted an entirely different Poonam Pandey for the public. Main aisi hi hoon. It isn’t as if I become a different person at home.

To my parent’s dismay, I am the same at home and in public. Though I’ve been born and brought up in Mumbai, we’re from a conservative Brahmin family. My behaviour is quite shocking to my family. Lekin main kya karoon? This is the way I am. For me all publicity is good publicity. Unfortunately my parents don’t agree. They are embarrassed by my image. Every day when I go home I wonder if they’ve seen or read something more about me that has upset them. It’s a constant conflict. But now they’ve come to terms with what I am.”


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