There have been many reports on social media that the first Prime Minister Of India Jawaharlal Nehru gave an interview to adult magazine Playboy. Such a claim is being made on social media attributing to a publication that overturned the world’s puritanical moral code.
Recently there was a tweet on the microblogging site twitter which said, “ In 1963, Playboy carried an interview with India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in its October 1963 issue. It was right after the 1962 Indo China war.”
Playboy’s timeline was searched thoroughly, which has 1.43 million followers, but there was no tweet found about the Nehru interview. It could not be ascertained whether any such tweet ever existed and was later deleted by the handle.
Playboy was banned in India back then. Yet, once Nehru’s interview became the talk of the town, people started smuggling it. It was allegedly sold for 30 times more than its original cost. Playboy was banned in India back then. Yet, once Nehru’s interview became the talk of the town, people started smuggling it. It was allegedly sold for 30 times more than its original cost.
If reports are to be believed, when the magazine was going to print in its final stage for that particular edition, Playboy received a message from the Indian Embassy saying that such an interview had never taken place.
Playboy issued a clarification which confirmed the Embassy reaching out and said that Playboy had never directly interviewed Nehru.
However, Playboy’s cover of October 1963, which featured blonde model Elsa Martinelli with a mischievous smile, did declare, “AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEHRU OF INDIA”. The magazine issued a clarification saying that the interview, which was given to the magazine by a well-known journalist, was actually a culmination of Nehru’s speeches. The journalist, however, was never found.
It is true that the interview with the Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, was published in Playboy Magazine, but it has been rubbished by the Indian government as no such interview materialized.