In an exclusive chat with mid-day, Sunny Leone opens up about her image in Bollywood while reflecting on her three-year journey in the film industry here
Q. Is your upcoming film, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai the usual Sunny Leone film?
A. No, it’s a family story that centers on innocent, funny situations involving Ram Kapoor and his family.
Q. So why has it got an ‘A’ certificate from the Censor Board?
A. We are in the process of getting that decision repealed.
Q. How do you look at your journey in Bollywood so far?
A. I feel I have arrived and carved my own path without any help. A lot of people in the industry would love nothing more than seeing me fall on my face. Some actors are unwilling to work with me and others want to work with me either because of my name or my professionalism.
Q. What kind of people want you to trip and fall?
A. I don’t know. I wasn’t born here. I think my fans follow me because of everything that I have done in my life. My fan base didn’t build up in the last three years; it started 14 years ago.
Q. You had once talked about wives of married superstars being insecure and not wanting their husbands to work with you. Do you see it changing?
A. Yes, I said that, but didn’t mean anybody in particular. These are things I hear, but it could well be a whole lie. I think things will change and being Sunny Leone I will have to believe in that.
Q. Will this ‘not-so-Disney’ perception of yours here ever change?
A. Perceptions about me will change based on my acting skills and box-office numbers. Hope it happens quickly because people are choosy right now.
Q. Does it bother you that people here still associate you with your past baggage unlike in the US?
A. I am not that famous in the US. Here I can’t even turn round the corner without being recognised. The same thing happened to Kim Kardashian in America after her sex tape was leaked. Everywhere people scrutinise everybody. It depends on your level of fame.
Q. Do you feel at home in Bollywood?
A. I live in a bubble here. I wake up every morning, go to shoot and come back. I don’t live in reality when I am working.
Q. What’s happening between you and Ekta Kapoor?
A. Nothing. Why?
Q. Buzz is all is not well between you both?
A. I don’t speak to Ekta, but I have great respect for her. She represents change and is a pioneer on a subject that nobody wants to deal with. Her movie (XXX) is bold from what I hear and is crossing limits that are yet to be crossed. Is that something I may agree with? May be not, because I don’t want to go down that road again.
Q. So is it over with Ekta?
A. If we meet at a party, we will talk. I have worked with Tusshar Kapoor in Mastizaade and he never told me, ‘Oh, my sister doesn’t like you’. It was just a working relationship that I shared with Ekta.