Sunny Leone who was on a promotion spree for her recently released Ragini MMS 2, she patiently answered all the questions and even impressed everyone present with smatterings of shuddh Hindi.
She confessed that she’s been “enjoying all the attention” and her rising popularity makes her “happy” but “scared” at the same time as “people tend to go overboard and end up hurting themselves.” Excerpts from a chat:
This is your second visit to Ahmedabad. How has been the experience overall?
It’s been fun. Last time I came during Shootout At Wadala, and so many people had come to see my performance. And it’s the same story this time. It’s really heartwarming to see so many people waiting to have a glimpse of me. And I just loved the food here. I went to have Gujarati thali for lunch, and it was so filling that I could barely keep my eyes open. It’s the kind of food that you relish and then go for a nice nap, but unfortunately I can’t do it.
There have been protests in some places regarding your visit and screening of your film. How do you see this?
Everyone has an opinion and the right to express it. There will always be someone who won’t like me, no matter what I do, and I can’t stop them. But why do people resort to violence? If you don’t like me, don’t watch my film. Don’t resort to violence to make your point. There are far too many serious issues in India that need attention than a Sunny Leone trying to make a career in Bollywood!
Do you think there is too much emphasis on the ‘hotness’ quotient of a film rather than the film itself?
Isn’t that the reason why we love watching films because they are glamorous and so visually appealing? And if something helps in marketing your product then why not use it? Sex is one thing that is totally recession free. So I don’t see any harm in it.
Your film’s promo was also reportedly released on some adult sites. Does it bother you?
It’s a decision that the production house took and I am not aware of it. Besides, if it helps in taking my film into the wider range of audience, my fans there, then I don’t think I should have a problem with that.
So you also don’t mind if your past image is carried forward in Bollywood as well.
Not at all. It’s my past that has given me everything I have right now. I can’t and I don’t wish to get rid of my past. Besides I can’t pretend to be something alien to me, it has been a part of my life and I can’t delete it. If I start pretending to be someone else, then it will only last for a short period of time. I am comfortable being what I am.