And courtesy their budding closeness, the singer-actor will now host the international celebrity on his forthcoming trip to India.
Leno, known for his extensive car collection, recently welcomed a low-cost Indian four-wheeler into his elite garage. He even commissioned a minifilm to capture the entire process — from production to its ultimate delivery in Los Angeles.
The British-Indian singer created the background music for this project. And naturally, Sophie is thrilled about her association with the international celebrity. “I’m glad that they decided to use three of my songs for the film. It’s an honour to a part of his pet project,” she says.
Though she hasn’t met Leno yet, she’s in touch with him via e-mail. In fact, it was her idea to dress him up in traditional Indian attire for the minifilm. She notes, “I suggested to the team they get Jay out of his usual denims and put him in a sherwani for this episode. Fortunately, they loved the idea so I got them connected with Delhi-based couturier Manav Gangwani who designed it.”
Ironically, the outfit cost more than the car, a Tata Nano! According to Sophie, Leno is gearing up to visit India next year. “I’m looking forward to hosting him in 2013. I’d be more than happy to show him around Mumbai and introduce him to some of the coolest folks in the city and fellow car-enthusiasts like himself. He arranged an Indian dance troupe in LA to welcome the car but I’ll be giving him a grand Indian welcome,” she adds.
Making a comeback
For a long while, Sophie has been out of the media’s radar but she insists she has been busy performing live on stage and corporate events. “I guess I should be going out more and meeting people for good work,” the Mumbai-based siren assures, “You’ll be seeing more of me in the future.”