Sunny Leone has had her share of success, popularity and criticism in India. She’s an actress who hasn’t been allowed to come out of her past, which, for the majority of the country, is ‘morally-corrupt.’ Sunny’s stint in the adult film industry and the fame she got from there, has become a matter of rage and shame for some. So much so that even on a supposedly unbiased national media platform, she is made to answer questions which are not just sexist but also reek of the sick and obsolete mentality.
There’s a problem when some people can’t see Sunny beyond her sexuality or her past. Probably, this is the same problem Sunny wanted to address with her web-series, Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunne Leone, which is currently being aired on ZEE5.
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The actress, in an interview to Buzzfeed, talked about what went within while shooting for the show and how she has learnt to come out strong from the bashing and trolling she faces every day. Earlier as well, Sunny has mentioned that it’s been difficult to shoot for season two of the show since it digs deeper into her relationship with her parents and their death. The actress commented on the same in the interview and said, “It hasn’t been easy at all; it felt like reliving all the traumas all over again. I remember I was working out after a shoot and I was on the rowing machine and just all of a sudden, I began to cry uncontrollably. Season 2 is about meeting Daniel — that’s the best part, the happiest part of my story.”
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In season one of the show, there’s a scene that shows a young Karenjit going out to play basketball in high school wearing a pair of shorts. Sunny elaborated around the same incident and mentioned that the incident scarred her for life. She said, “Being in school, having light skin and thick black body hair was the worst thing ever. I don’t know; I’m really not cool. I’d cut myself shaving and have on all of these bandages to stop the bleeding, or I’d burn myself with hot wax. I don’t have hair on my legs now, but that bullying affected me so much subconsciously that I still don’t feel comfortable wearing short skirts in my home”.
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In the interview, she also talked about her experience of interacting with both male and female fans. Sunny revealed that she always found female fans expressing themselves better than the male fans. She said, “It’s so incredibly sweet — women are just so much better at expressing their feelings. I’ll have young girls come up to me and say, ‘I love you, and these are all the ways you changed my life,’ or they’ll say, ‘Here, I made this for you,’ or just start telling me their problems. Boys, they get happy, then they don’t know what to do with that feeling. They try to take a selfie, and then their hands shake”.
Well, you call her names or bash her for being herself, Sunny always has her ‘sunny side up’!