Goodbye Porn, Hello Bollywood: Sunny Leone

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Sunny Leone

Mujhe Salman Khan pasand tha. Aur abhi maine dekha ek Hrithik Roshan movie. Mujhe mohabbat ho gayi. John Abraham bhi bahut achcha hai..”

“A girl has to hang up her high heels some time!” Sunny Leone: post the release of her Bollywood debut -  opens her heart out to businessofcinema.com, about her future plans in India. Here are a few excerpts of the interview:

Has your family seen Jism 2? My parents are no more. I’ve a brother. He doesn’t understand too much Hindi. So I hope to show him a subtitled print. Most of my friends and family are in LA. I want to sit with them and watch my film. It’s the only film I’ve done so far that I can watch with my family (laughs).

What’s your second film going to be? It’s Ragini MMS 2. That’s my second film. It will be shot closer to the end of the year.

Your voice in Jism 2 is dubbed by an Indian dubbing artiste Smita Malhotra. Don’t you think your performance would have come out better if you had spoken  your own  lines? Yes, I realize that. My Hindi needs improvement. I am definitely using my own voice in my next film. I wish I had worked  more closely with my Hindi tutor over my Hindi during ‘Jism 2′. I was having so much fun shooting for this film I forgot to concentrate on improving my Hindi. It was a mistake.

[pullquote_left]I wish I had worked more closely with my Hindi tutor during ‘Jism 2′. But my consolation is that they would have used a dubbing artiste for me no matter how much better my Hindi got. It’s a directorial choice. [/pullquote_left] It’s like two different performances, yours and the dubbing artiste’s? Yes, I am aware of that. But my consolation is, that they would have used a dubbing artiste for me no matter how much better my Hindi got. They (the Bhatts) do it with a lot of artistes. It’s a directorial choice. I’ve spent a lot of time on my Hindi. But I am still not equipped to have a conversation in Hindi yet. It’s more important for me to express myself properly than to create an impression of being conversant in any language.

Among your new fans there’s Ram Gopal Varma. He has asked me to tell you that he loves you? Did he say that? I appreciate that. I hope we work together soon.

They are burning your effigies and tearing down your posters in India ? What can I say? I am flattered by the attention (laughs). Jokes aside , in the entertainment business no matter what you do some groups of people are going to have issues about it. Luckily for me, there are more people liking me than disliking me. That’s the reason I returned to India after ‘Bigg Boss’ to make a film. My husband and I have gone through the laws and regulations of  this country (regarding pornography) and I’m conducting myself accordingly (girlish giggles). I get really good vibes from India. [pullquote_right]Among your new fans there’s Ram Gopal Varma. He has asked me to tell you that he loves you?[/pullquote_right] I don’t think the laws here care about what you do in the US? That’s exactly why I’m comfortable here. Everything is happening so fast. I never thought I’d be making a movie in India. I can’t believe what’s happening! I know a lot of critics in India don’t like me. And that’s fine. Everyone has the prerogative to judge me according to what they think of me from earlier on . [pullquote_left]Luckily for me, there are more people liking me than disliking me in India. I am flattered by the attention.[/pullquote_left]On one end they tear down your poster on the other end the government invites you for their functions. Isn’t that ironical? (laughs) First of all the supposedly offensive poster is not me. The girl in the poster is someone else. I think the protest is directed more at the concept than the individual. I don’t think the protests have to do with me. It’s the whole package. They’ll tear down a poster, we’ll put up another one. I think controversies and notoriety are used by people for their own purposes. You’ve to figure out the best way of dealing with the situation. No one should get hurt. I guess there will be people trying to tear me down regardless of what I do.

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