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I have a certain image and I have to live up to it: Sunny Leone
Sunny Leone, most Googled Indian celebrity, Sakal Times office, Ek Paheli Leela, Bollywood, Jay Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat
Sunny Leone, along with her director Bobby Khan, visited Sakal Times office on April 8 to promote her film Ek Paheli Leela which is releasing on April 10.
It was hard to miss the excitement at the Sakal Times office on Wednesday, April 8. And why not? After all, Sunny Leone, the most Googled Indian celebrity in 2014, was visiting the office. Looking pretty in an off-white gown with golden embellishments, the actress came, saw and conquered!
As we spoke to her up, we realised that Sunny, despite enjoying such huge popularity, is humble enough to admit that whatever she is today, is because of her fans. She even tried to make conversations with us in broken Hindi. What followed was a candid chat about her upcoming film Ek Paheli Leela, why it’s one of her toughest films, and her growing fan base. Excerpts...
In Ek Paheli Leela, the story spans over a period of 300 years and you play numerous characters, one of them being a village girl. How challenging was it?
I play the role of Leela and Meera. And it was definitely not easy to become Leela because I am not a village girl. Learning the dialogue and physically transforming into Leela, both were difficult. It would take me hours to get into the look. I had to do constant workshops to learn the mannerisms and dialogues of a girl from a rustic background. It used to get frustrating because I had to give 20 retakes at times but despite the difficulties, it was fun shooting for the film and playing the character.
Who is Sunny close to — Meera or Leela?
It has to be Leela. I don’t know how to explain this but these characters got hold of me emotionally. I knew the story in and out. In fact, I was very emotional on the last day of the shoot.
You get to romance not one but so many good-looking men in the film — Jay Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat...
Actually no. I know it’s the impression people are getting after watching the promos but Leela is madly in love with Shravan (Rajneesh Duggal). She can do anything for this man. That’s where the story begins. It’s a story about reincarnation.
Do you believe in reincarnation?
Yes. I believe that our souls carry on to the next life. There are moments in life when you meet someone and you feel like, ‘Oh, I have known this person for years.’ When you think about life and the people you have, you realise that there are reasons why you have met them. I think I am a little romantic that way.
In terms of popularity, you are giving competition to the Khans, Kapoors and Kumars. You are already carrying films on your shoulder. Do you feel proud about it or feel the pressure?
Actually, I am proud of my fans because they have given me so much support. It’s because of my fans that I have reached so far.
We heard that your male co-stars are feeling insecure?
I don’t know where these stories emerge. We had such a good time shooting together. There were no ego hassles. If someone is intimidated by you, you definitely feel that. I didn’t get any such vibes.
Do you feel that you are getting restricted to playing just glam roles?
If I showed up in a film tomorrow in a turtleneck without make-up, will people watch it? I have a certain kind of image and I have to live up to it. There are some upcoming films of mine in which I go completely de-glam. I am doing films which are performance-oriented, like this one. As each film releases, people will see something different and their perception about me will change. There are a couple of movies that fall into the genre in which people want to see me and there are films that are out of the norm.
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