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Shotgun's Family Livid With Pranksters Doctoring Sonakshi's Pic

PTI 17 Dec 2010, 14:52:09 IST
Shatrughan Sinha and his wife Poonam are livid over the internet prank in which their daughter Sonakshi was shown wearing a bikini on the cover of Maxim magazine, says a Mumbai Mirror report.  

The morphed pictures become hot searches on the web and news channels debated over her  so-called dare bare act. But Sonakshi, who has nurtured the image of a traditional Indian beauty for herself, is far from amused.Doctored photographs of Sonakshi in a bikini have been floating on the internet, superimposed on the cover of a men's magazine.  

The original cover has Sonakshi in one of her most sensuous photo shoots yet, but nothing like the striped bikini which caught the fancy of several media channels, including a magazine, which published an article speculating on why the demure and conservative daughter of the BJP leader chose to shed her clothes for the raunchy shoot.

An upset Sonakshi, who has been vocal about not acting in any steamy scenes in Race 2  tweeted her disapproval of the article, forcing the magazine to publish an apology, but it was too late. The fake magazine cover had already become one of the most sought-after links on the web and TV channels were having a field day flashing it.  

Sonakshi's mother Punam Sinha blames her daughter's detractors for the fiasco, “We're shocked by the levels to which our detractors are willing to fall. The face is Sonakshi's from Dabangg. But the body certainly doesn't match. This is an attempt to belittle our family.”  

While she has nothing against anyone posing in a bikini, the harried mother, wife of BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha says there were certain preconditions for Sonakshi's Bollywood foray and sticking to certain dress codes was part of it.  

She says angrily, “Sonakshi is a young girl who can carry off anything if she wants to. But if she doesn't want to dress in a particular way, please understand that and leave her alone.” In several of her interviews Sonakshi has said she would never pose in a bikini.  

Subi Samuel, who shot the young actress in a couple of revealing outfits for the magazine, says, “We shot in a studio, but the truth is she is not the kind of girl who would wear bikinis. Sonakshi is an extremely sweet and conservative girl who holds on to certain traditional principles. I don't think she needs to wear a bikini to seek attention, especially after being a part of the biggest hit of the year.”  

When contacted, Vivek Pareek, editor of the magazine said, “We work with top photographers and everyone is aware that we don't morph our pictures except tweaking background sometimes.” The magazine is not contemplating any legal action against the unknown person behind the fake cover.