Who is Sunny Leone? Porn star, item girl...

Jul 18 2014, 12:01 IST
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Sunny Leone’s entry into Bollywood is rather late by industry standards. Sunny Leone’s entry into Bollywood is rather late by industry standards.
SummaryWho is Sunny Leone? Is she the Canadian-American porn star who caused a stir when she entered Indian television screens on Bigg Boss in 2011?

Who is Sunny Leone? Is she the Canadian-American porn star who caused a stir when she entered Indian television screens on Bigg Boss in 2011? The body in 2012’s Jism 2, never mind the plot? The item girl in 2013’s Shootout at Wadala? Or is she “Babydoll” from the song that is on every television channel in the country, and is still playing on every radio station with a vengeance? “I don’t know how to describe the ‘real’ Sunny Leone. People don’t know that I’m goofy and nerdy, and I might be in this body, but I’m completely different from what people think I am,” says Leone, later during the course of an exclusive interview. But she’s quick to add that the performer that people know and lust after, or shun, is her own creation. “I created that persona. I can’t get away from it, nor do I want to,” she says.

Leone’s entry into Bollywood is rather late by industry standards — at 33, she is only a handful of films old, and clutching a host of item numbers. But Karanjit Kaur Vohra has come a long way from Sarnia, a sleepy town in eastern Canada, where she was born in 1981. Much has been written about her life, beginning from her first kiss at 13, to being awarded Penthouse Pet of the Month in March 2001, to starring in porn films since 2005. “I think there is risk in every form of self expression. You are putting yourself out for the world to judge, even more so in the adult entertainment industry. The biggest risk I took was in facing the backlash from my community, family, and friends,” she says. Her parents only found out about her profession when she won the Penthouse award and it was a while before they accepted her decision. “Both my parents have passed away. I wish they could have seen the work I am doing today,” she says. Her brother, who lives in the US, does not keep up with her releases unless she prods him to watch a project. “I love him, but he doesn’t know what’s going on with my career,” she says.

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