Sunny Leone is riding the high of the praise her biopic web series Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story of Sunny Leone has been getting. On a recent trip to her home back in LA, Sunny hosted a special screening for close friends and family who were surprised to find themselves featured. But all unanimously agreed that it was the actress’ best work till date and that she had outdone herself.
What they’re probably prouder about back home is that Sunny was Google’s most searched Indian actress for 10 years until 2017. Then she was dethroned by the Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier who became an overnight sensation after a tiny clip from her upcoming film Oru Adaar Love became viral around Valentine’s Day this year.
The thing is, Sunny came to Bollywood because she had enough of being a dirty videos artiste and wanted to make a clean break in films as an actress. With a name like Karenjit Kaur Vohra, where else would she go? But that Sunny made a success of herself is entirely to her credit. And the kind of acceptance she got did not come because Sunny was sexually explicit in Hindi films. Or because she’s a good actress. Sunny’s simply popular.
In an interview, she had told us, “Everything I have done in life has brought me here. The critics may not give me credit for the films I make. But nobody can take away my popularity. I’ve not purchased it. Not swindled anybody for it. Or persuaded anybody to do it for me. The people made me popular. Anybody, anywhere can say what they want and treat me as they like, but they can’t take that away from me.”
The high point of her Bollywood debut was the sex scenes in Jism 2. She had laughed, “Lovemaking scenes here are like a choreographed dance, the actors are guided on how to touch, hold, grab, the sex is just an illusion, the biggest sexual organ is our brain. But in my world, you see the real thing! It’s like a black-and-white situation, it’s all laid out for you, this is a director’s dream or vision… there is no real creativity.” Unfortunately, our Censor Board is a notorious spoilsport. And Sunny wasn’t allowed to show Indian audiences the real thing.