Netflix’s Sacred Games based on Vikram Chandra’s novel and is directed by Anurag Kashyap-Vikramaditya Motwane duo. The show that stars, Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte in lead roles, has been grabbing headlines for various reasons.
Rajshri Deshpande, who plays Subhadra, Ganesh Gaitonde’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) wife in the series, is earning praise and brickbats for her performance in the show. The actor, who has done an intimate scene with Nawazuddin in the crime drama, recently revealed in an interview to SpotboyE that she is being called a porn star for filming a topless sequence.
When asked whether she was uncomfortable shooting the scene, Rajshri said, “Nope. Of course, real sex is not happening. But enough of camera cheating, these are times of real cinema. In Sacred Games too, we have a lovemaking scene. It was a big thing for me to open up my blouse, but I did it. But little did I know that my pictures from that scene will start circulating on WhatsApp. Collages have been made saying: Hot Indian Actress With Mangalsutra! And, the scene has made way to porn sites. Worse still, I am getting messages saying that I am a porn star.”
She further added, “What do I do but ignore? Some of the comments are terribly cheap. I believe in (Anurag) Kashyap, he had told me about the scene beforehand and even said that he won’t go ahead if I am uncomfortable.”
When asked whether she was shy or apprehensive to enact the topless scene, the actress said, “I don’t feel shy when it comes to work. Besides, cinema is my passion. To add, I have done nudity in another film too, but I can’t reveal more about that one now. It was required, just like it was required in Sacred Games.”
“My scene in Sacred Games was pure love. My character was opening herself in front of a man for the first time. The hatred in her for him had transformed into love,” she added.
She also revealed that her husband had no issues with the nudity: “He supports me. He said, ‘You are giving your soul, and if that requires you to go naked, do it if you believe in it, you don’t need any permission. I am in a happy space.”
Rajshri was earlier seen in Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses where she played Sarah Jane Dias’ household help. She was also the lead actor in Malayalam film Sexy Durga and featured in the webs series McMafia.
Recently, Netflix’s first ever Indian web-series got into legal trouble as a Congress member from Kolkata lodged an FIR against the series for abusing the former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.