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Sunny Leone: Working In South Indian Films Will Help Me Grow

Sunny Leone does not want to limit herself to Hindi and south Indian films

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Sunny’s real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra. Wikimedia Commons
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Former adult film actress Sunny Leone made a swift move into the Hindi film industry in 2012. And now the Indo-Canadian actress is all set to make her debut in a Tamil film. She says south Indian films would help her grow as a person and an actress.

Sunny, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, will be launched in the Tamil film industry with the upcoming film “Veeramdevi”.

Asked if she agrees that working in a south Indian film will help to broaden her reach, Sunny told IANS in an e-mail interaction: “Yes, I agree that this film will help me grow as a person and as an actress. Being able to learn about a completely different culture is something that I like a lot and enjoy.”

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Sunny Leone was studying to be a pediatric nurse before she could step into the Adult Industry. She joined the adult film industry at the age of 19. Wikimedia Commons

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But won’t there be a language barrier?

“It will be challenging, but I am not worried about learning it for this film. I am actually very excited about this whole process,” she said about the film in which she will play a warrior princess.

“That is something that I have always wanted to do. The amount of effort that has gone into this character is amazing and I’m beyond excited to start shooting. I will be taking riding lessons… in Los Angeles and in India. And, of course, I will be attending workshops to learn Tamil,” she added.

The actress does not want to limit herself to Hindi and south Indian films. She is interested in working in other regional language films as well.

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Sunny was to make her debut in Bollywood with a cameo in the film ‘Kalyug’ but due to her financial expectations of a $1 million, director Mohit Suri retreated. 7 years later, she finally made a debut in Bollywood with ‘Jism 2’. Wikimedia Commons

“If a role comes my way that is interesting, then I definitely will,” she said.

Prior to her film debut, Sunny Leone, currently in Los Angeles, won the hearts of the audience with her stint in the reality TV show “Bigg Boss 5”. She later featured in films like “Jism 2”, “Ek Paheli Leela”, “Mastizaade”, “Kuch Kuch Locha Hai” and “Tera Intezaar”.

Sunny, 36, stepped into parenthood in 2017 when she adopted a baby girl, Nisha, from Latur.

With such a bustling schedule, how does she plan to balance work and motherhood?

“My husband (Daniel Weber) and I have developed a system that works for all of us. Therefore, I see Nisha a lot,” she stressed.

How has her and Daniel’s life changed post-parenthood?

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Sunny appeared on the Indian television for the first time in 2005 as a red carpet reporter for the MTV Awards on MTV India. Wikimedia Commons

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Sunny Leone said: “We are more in love with each other and are completely in love with Nisha. She is the light of our lives and makes us better people and parents every day.”

The “Ragini MMS 2” actress is now gearing up to launch her own cosmetic line — Star Struck by Sunny Leone — in March.

She says the Cherry Bomb lip color from the line is her favorite. “I chose names that I personally loved a lot. My favorite is Cherry Bomb! I just like saying it,” she said.

Sunny Leone is planning to be “appealing to all online outlets and pushing this (range) in every corner of the world”. (IANS)

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Actress Richa Chadha Speaks Upon Patriarchal Society

Richa said she is soaking in the environment, which is getting translated into her performance

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Actress Richa Chadha, who essays south Indian film actress Shakeela in a biopic of that name, says being disrespectful towards any successful adult film star and tagging her as a “porn star” is a sign of a hypocritical and patriarchal society.

“Calling an adult (film) star a porn star is a sign of patriarchy. You are disrespecting an actress (Shakeela in this case) who is part of films that are adult in theme. And then you are watching them so much that those films are making huge money. What kind of hypocrisy is that,” Richa Chadha told IANS in an interview on the set of the biopic “Shakeela” here.

Highlighting the “duplicity of the morality of our society”, she said: “Adult films are made because there is a market for them… It is really easy to call successful, self-made woman names in a patriarchal society.”

Directed by Indrajit Lankesh, the logo of “Shakeela” was launched a few days ago. The film’s tagline reads ‘Not A Porn Star’. So, is it a way of conveying to the audience a perspective on the story of Shakeela?

“See, there is no point of fighting about what people said about her at the peak of her career. People watched her films and called her a porn star, which she was not. In the film, we are unveiling the story of an actress and the unexplored side of her journey. Then let the people decide if she really deserved the tag she had to bear,” Richa said.

An outspoken and forthright actress, Richa Chadha has been vocal about the #MeToo movement as well. She says she feels privileged that, from the beginning of her career, she never had to deal with any sexual predator.

“I am really fortunate, in all the opportunities that came my way, of not having to deal with these regular predators who are making the work environment worse for women. But I want to say that I know almost all women somewhere or the other have faced some moments of awkwardness in their life — be it an inappropriate text, uncomfortable touch, some eyes gazing at them… It all happens to us at the workplace.”

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Such practices have also led to some good talent being lost. But Richa says not anymore.

“We lost a lot of them in the last few years, but now that women are opening up and standing up against such discrimination, the future looks bright where new talent will come and flourish without feeling uncomfortable at the workplace,” she said.

As for “Shakeela”, Richa was happy about being able to give select media a glimpse into the set of the movie. A fragment of Kerala has been recreated for the film set here to shoot a marriage sequence with utmost detailing to capture the nuances of Malayali culture.

Richa said she is soaking in the environment, which is getting translated into her performance.

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“One of the reasons why we wanted some media to come here on the set is because of the beauty of this place… It is calm, quiet and a colourful slice of the southland. This is a set we have built to show how a south Indian marriage looks like. The mandap, decoration with flowers and every authentic element of a Malayali marriage gives us a chance to soak in their culture.

“For years, we are widely exposed to north Indian culture through Bollywood films. But with this biopic, I am hoping that a large Indian audience will get to experience the beautiful south Indian culture,” said the “Masaan” actress. (IANS)