Sherlyn Chopra on her single track and upcoming film

Sherlyn Chopra is a Bad Girl. We aren’t saying so. That’s the title of her single. It’s also the name of her upcoming film. So is she a bad girl? “I have been misunderstood. Since I choose to speak my mind, I often get labelled as an attention-seeker. If being brutally honest is bad, if treating nudity as an art is bad, if not adhering to the moral policing is bad, then I am bad,” says Sherlyn.

Her latest project Bad Girl is a multilingual film that will release by this year end. It’s being made in Malayalam by director Shajiyem and will be dubbed in Telugu and Tamil. “I will not be dubbing it in Malayalam because the film makers want a professional who would do a better job on it than me. However I am attending a workshop on diction.” she adds.

The movie is loosely based on Malena, the popular film which starred Monica Belluci. The actor believes that it would be difficult for anybody to do what Monica did in the film, and the idea is not to replicate her. The film is about the rise and fall of a highly vulnerable super model and her interactions with various men. “I have been through a roller coaster ride myself and that’s why I can understand the context. There are parts of the film that I can relate to.”

Sherlyn’s single track ‘Bad Girl’ is also going to be a part of the movie as the makers were inspired by it. What’s with this trend of actors turning singers and releasing videos? Sherlyn laughs, “I have been a singer all my life. Back in Hyderabad, I was a popular singer in my church and my parents used to encourage me to be part of the choir. Acting and singing both require honest expressions.”

Sherlyn’s other release in May is the much-talked about Kamasutra 3D. Apparently the movie has an intriguing plot and is not just limited to Vatsyayana’s book. It’s the tale of a princess and deals with the fundamentals of love and family bonding. India of course will see the censored version while the uncensored version will be released overseas. And the same month, the actor will also be seen on the cover of the Playboy magazine — the first Indian woman to pose nude for the publication.

Sherlyn wanted to do something different and wrote to Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. “He wrote back to me in the affirmative and that’s how it happened. The days spent at the Playboy Mansion were the best. I got to rediscover myself,” she says adding, “People in the West have immense love for art. For them nudity is an unadulterated form of art!” These actions have often got her embroiled in controversies. And controversies have become a part of this model-turned-actor’s everyday life. But Sherlyn has learnt to deal with them. “I don’t think every publicity is bad publicity. It hurts to be in a controversy. But I don’t react anymore...that’s the best way to put an end to it,” she says.