Update: See video at the bottom!
The hype surrounding Poonam Pandey’s promise, that she will strip naked if Team India wins the Cricket World Cup is getting intense with every passing minute. The fans are getting restless to see the 19 year old model bare it all. But they may be in for some disappointment here, if recent reports are something to go by.
Poonam Pandey, a 19-year-old model and one of the top eight contestants of Gladrags’ model hunt contest last year has made a lot of headlines recently when she said she is ready to strip if India gets the World Cup back home. She made this controversial offer on Twitter just before the semifinal clash against Pakistan in Mohali. And now that India have emerged champions, people are anxious to see the teenager fulfill her promise.
But there is some bad news: while we don’t know she may or she may not strip, if she does, it will be only for Team India. Nothing for the general public!
The model has written a letter to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) asking them for permission to go ahead and fulfill her promise. Without BCCI’s approval, there will be no show.
She sent an official letter to the board, saying going naked for the team would have a “therapeutic” effect on Team India and help them win. The letter read:
“..I want India to win the Cricket World Cup 2011 and am willing to go the extra mile to do anything so that India wins the World Cup. I am ready and willing at any place and time of the Indian teams choosing to go in the nude to boost their sporting spirit to perform better.
…many studies conducted by various universities abroad which confirms and infers that such performances/expectations boost and inspire people to perform better in any field, be it sports or otherwise. Even medical books on psychology and psychiatry confirms this.”
Apparently, she made a “humble request” to be allowed to “perform in the privacy of the Indian cricket team’s dressing room or any other place of your choosing”. She suggested “a foreign land like Paris in France, so that the Laws of India – if a hindrance, shall not apply”. It would act like a “private therapeutic performance with a psychologist’s presence” and “cannot be an offence under any law for the time being in force if the team members have no objection and the BCCI gives the go ahead”.
“So far she is flooded with many offers from India and world wide. Right from Indian reality shows to international magazines. More than that, she got a huge half million dollar offer from an international magazine to pose nude for their cover, but she rejected it as the act to go nude was only meant for team India to get home the World Cup and not to make fame and money. She is on cloud nine as India won the cup,” said Poonam’s manager Vipin M.
According to Vipin, the model has been getting threatening calls from moral police and she is avoiding taking calls or talking to anybody in person unless she gets an approval from BCCI.
Whatever she does, i personally feel this is just a ‘desperate’ and ‘immature’ move by the teenager and should not be entertained by the media or anyone else.