Model Poonam Pandey says no to stripping onscreen
New Delhi: Poonam Pandey, who grabbed headlines with her promise to go nude to celebrate team India`s World Cup win, has been flooded with offers from Bollywood but the swim suit model says she will not strip onscreen.
The model attracted criticism with her offer, which she claims was declined by BCCI.
But it has helped her land a spot on stunt reality show `Khatron Ke Khiladi` on Colors.
The model says she has been offered film roles and item songs in Bollywood but does not believe that her bold image will have a negative impact on her acting dreams.
"I don`t think that my bold image will hamper my career. My decision to go naked was for my nation and not a cheap publicity stunt. That does not mean that I will strip in Bollywood. I want to act just like any other actress," Poonam told reporters.
The 19-year-old claims that despite some brickbats, many people came out to support her decision.
"After I said that I will strip, there were a lot of people who supported and understood my sentiments. I don`t understand why few people had to behave like the way they did and create an issue out of nothing," she said.
Poonam, who faced the camera for the first time during Gladrags and went on to become a Kingfisher model, says she is keen on working in films and wants to become a successful actor.
For now, Poonam wants to focus on `Khatron Ke Khiladi 4`, hosted by Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar. The show will be shot in Cape Town, South Africa.
"I am preparing myself for the show, I practice underwater swimming. It is very different from other reality shows. They are just fake," she said.
Poonam is also looking forward to meet Akshay, who has been her favourite since childhood.
"I have been watching his films since childhood. He is a great actor. I am looking forward to meet him," she added.