Meghna Patel, a model and actress from Gujarat, recently released erotic pictures in which she apparently wears nothing more than lotus blooms.
She said she was doing it to promote Narendra Modi for PM, and in one picture, even held up a placard with his photo. Her publicity machinery claims that her pictures prompted such huge traffic to her site that it soon crashed.
City Express asked her how she thought of going in the buff for a party that considers itself conservative and its rivals consider prudish.
What inspired you to strip and deck up in flowers for Narendra Modi?
Modi is a person of great eminence and has done a lot for the prosperity of his state. Now he is the prime ministerial candidate. This inspires me to think a lot about our country.
Do the BJP and Modi approve of your way of showing support? Have you heard from them?
Freedom of speech is a political right, and one can communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property. That’s all I have done. BJP spokesman Madhav Bhandhari had said he welcomed people supporting the party. To support the BJP, people can also attend rallies.
Do you think it is all right to take off your clothes for a cause?
I have not taken off my clothes. I was wearing them at the time of the photo shoot.
I have done a very artistic and aesthetic photo shoot, and it is beautifully posed with flowers.
It is my way of expressing my feelings and urging the country to select the right prime minister in Modi.
Are you aware that many groups affiliated to the Sangh Parivar hounded out artist M F Husain for painting mythological figures in the nude?
Yes, I am aware of everything. I have not done a nude photo shoot and I do not promote nudity. I was wearing clothes while doing the shoot. I have done everything legal and I have not done anything wrong.
Tell us about yourself.
I am from Baroda, Gujarat, and I am a commerce graduate.
I have done many Hindi movies like Farrar and Welcome and my upcoming film, called Dekho Yeh Hai Mumbai Real Life, is about to be released.
I have also done a famous TV serial on Sahara One called Kahani Chandrakanta.
I have just completed a controversial Malayalam movie called Solar Swapnam, and it is about to release on April.