It is a known fact that the slick ‘n scandalous “Dard-e-Sherlyn” video is Sherlyn Chopra’s ‘tribute’ to the original Dream Girl, Hema Malini’s hit number “Dard” from Dus Numbri.
But in a recent interview in Delhi, Hema Malini has hit at Sherlyn with stinging sarcasm and said that the newbie is trying to gain mileage on her name, attaching nudity to it. She said, “It’s (the video) very hot, haan? My God, I don’t even know why she’s (Sherlyn’s) linking me with a hot-hot thing. She’s trying to change her image maybe with my name. If she’s doing this, poor thing, I wish her success, for all those who see nudity will be happy. But my name is Hema Malini and that won’t change for anything.”
When quizzed, Sherlyn’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar said, “I’ve known Hemaji as a wonderful person, and if she says Sherlyn is promoting nudity on her name, I dare not contest her opinion. After all, the video did receive 19 cuts from the Censor Board. If Sherlyn has a diva-like image, she can’t help it. You can’t ask a Madonna to be like an Alka Yagnik, can you?”
He explains, “See, Sherlyn made this video as a ‘tribute’ to Hemaji’s “Dard”. Hemaji ki ‘Dus Numbri’ 1976 mein release hui thi. Unka dard uss zamaane ka tha. Sherlyn ka dard iss zamaane ka hai, jo ki har naujawan ko hota hai. Hum sab jaante hain ki yeh dard thoda sa emotional hota hai, aur thoda sa sexual bhi.” (Hemaji’s ’10 Numbri’ video was released in 1976. Her pain belonged to that era. Sherlyn’s pain belongs to this era, which every youngster has. We all know that this pain is a little emotional but also a little sexual.)
As of now, Sherlyn’s “Dard” has emerged a big hit, but the influential Hema Malini sure seems to be furious and upset. God bless Sherlyn.