The bold and outrageous Poonam Jhawer speaks out
You’d be surprised if I told you Poonam Jhawer made her debut way back in 1994 in the Akshay Kumar-Suniel Shetty starrer Mohra. But then again that surprise element would disappear instantly if yours truly told you that she was draped in a saree throughout the film and played Suniel Shetty’s wife in it.
Times, however, have changed and so has her attire. In a chat, Buzz18 found out about the actress who’s not scared to reveal her body or mind! Read On… Poonam, tell us more about yourself…
Contrary to what my pictures portray, I’m actually an introvert. I love meeting new people but I have selective friends. I enjoy travelling and believe in living for the moment. I hate hypocrites and people who just want to sugar coat you for their benefit.
Where did you disappear after Mohra?
(Laughs) I didn’t disappear anywhere; I did a few films here and down south. But after Mohra, where I played Suniel Shetty’s wife, I started getting all behenji roles. I was still in college back then and I was itching to play glamourous roles. Eventually I think Mohra was more of a double-edged sword. It gave me a good break but unfortunately I got stereotyped.
What reasons would you give for your career not taking off despite a promising start?
I wanted to make it big in Bollywood but I refused to compromise what I believed in. I started turning down filmmakers who weren’t willing to look beyond my Mohra image. It’s not that I was holding out for a bikini role or something, I just wanted to add some glamour to my image. They mistook my selective approach for arrogance and not long after, I had built a bad rep in the industry.
Your pictures are pretty provocative to say the least, how did your family and friends react after seeing them?
What’s not to like. They’re classy and aesthetically shot; they’re not at all vulgar.
Do you agree that many use the ‘bold’ tag to propel themselves into the limelight?
Of course, yes. I personally think Mallika Sherawat is overrated. She made it big in Bollywood only because of her provocative personality. I can’t remember any memorable film she starred in.
So then what were your reasons for this racy photoshoot?
I don’t need to give reasons to anyone, do I? Am I the only one to do a photoshoot? Aren’t contestants in beauty pageants seen wearing skimpy outfits?
So, what’s your take on nudity in films?
Honestly, our Censor Board needs to be a bit more lenient or at least consistent. You see big producers getting away with whatever they want, while a small budget filmmaker struggles to showcase the same thing.
How do you feel about cosmetic surgery?
If you can rectify any defect and end up looking better, go for it.
One Bollywood actor you wouldn’t mind doing a steamy sequence with…
(Laughs) Of all the Khans, Salman is the hottest and he’s my dream man. I wouldn’t mind doing a steamy sequence with him, if the script demands so (laughs).
Sexy isn’t about shedding clothes or revealing skin. Sexy has a lot to do with the ‘wow’ factor. It’s about one’s attitude, not attire.