Sunny Side up
One doesn’t need Chaar BotalVodka to be mesmerized by her Desi looks. Her Glamorous Akhiyaan and PinkLips have romanced the nation. And yes, this BabyDoll of Bollywood is here to stay and sizzle. Redefining oomph since the time she has entered B-town, her
Give us five words that best describe Sunny Leone. I think those would be – Hardworking, Ambitious, Carefree, Professional and Not so serious! From Jism2 to now Baadshaho, how has your journey in Bollywood been? It’s all been a blessing. I have worked hard to get to this point and will continue to work as long as I can. I think things will only get better as time goes by. What makes you give a nod to the film? There are so many things which make me say ‘yes’. Right from the producer, director, story, how the film is written, the style of the film, the kind of promotion the producer is going to put in the film and also the music they are going to use. There are a lot of other things but these are the basics which I consider.
Only I can determine my destiny and how I want to live my life. Others can hit the road.”
You’ve been in the eye of the storm many times. Doesn’t it discourage you as an actor or a human being? No, it only propels me forward. People who try to hate and discourage me only make me stronger and give me the courage to move forward. Only I can determine my destiny and how I want to live my life. Others can hit the road because it’s not going to work with me. Laughs. If there is one thing you could change about Bollywood, what would it be? Right now it would be to figure out what our audiences want because many films are not doing that well and it’s sad to see so much hard work not doing well at the box office. From Karenjit Kaur to Sunny Leone, do you think you’ve grown as a person? I grow as a person and learn something new every day. How do you deal with unhealthy criticism and conjectures in your life? I actually don’t care. If it’s someone I know or care about and they are not being nice then, of course, I am hurt but I get over it. I actually don’t care about people I don’t know and I think my actions can speak for that. You have an amazing screen presence. You have sizzled on screen with your hit dance numbers. Do you intend to do more content driven films? I actually dont understand this question that people ask. What is not content for you is content for me. What I like is not what you like and what you like is not what I like. Different strokes for different folks. All I know is that I am happy where I am. You have published an e-book of love stories titled Sweet Dreams and also, launched your perfume brand last year. What next? My own cosmetic line is next. It’s called StarStruck by Sunny Leone. I created this with my team. Created and chose the formula of lipsticks, lip liners and lip glosses that I want to wear. I am not a brand ambassador in this venture, it is strictly SunCity’s and my creation. So excited for it! What is your motivation mantra in life? I have two... Just keep pushing forward and don’t look back. And secondly, I am here, I am now, In the here... in the now I got this from a Buddhist named Thich Nanh Hunh. Although I might be misquoting but it’s what I retained from the saying and I say it to myself all the time to be mindful of my day, hour or minute.
If you were to be a part of a biopic, who would you choose to play?
I have no idea but something set in the ‘40s- ‘70s is what I would love to do.
Does being a newsmaker feel good? Are there pros and cons of it?
I don’t really think of myself that way. I think most entertainers are in the news and headlines as much as I am.
If not an actress, what would Sunny Leone have been?
A pediatric nurse. And I would choose to be one as they are hands on!
What does life look life five years from now?
Heck if I know. My world changes every other day. Laughs. If I planned out my five years I know for a fact that it would be completely different then what I think and I want at this exact moment. So I choose to live in the present.
What are the upcoming projects that you are working on?
I have Tera Intezaar with Arbaaz, Splitsvilla 10 is out right now and StarStruck. There are also a couple of scripts that are almost ready and we’ll start shooting soon. In addition, there are two TV projects, out of which, one I have helped to write that should hit the floors soon and the other, I am not allowed to disclose.
Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl Nisha and embracing motherhood. What plans do you have regarding her and her future?
Well, the only plan at this moment is to enjoy with each other, and Daniel and I are getting to know her. We didn’t know we were getting her until three weeks before she came home. So there are still a lot of changes happening around the house and then our LA home and travel. So our focus is to get her all set up and comfortable. She has already started attending school during the week and also plays one on one teacher sessions at home! She is a very smart girl and wants and needs to be stimulated.
People who try to hate and discourage me only make me stronger.”