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Adult film star to Kennedy's lead actress: Sunny Leone's journey began with 'Bigg Boss'

On being able to transcend her previous image as an adult star, Sunny Leone said that 'Big Boss' enabled her to build a humanity with viewers.

India TV Entertainment Desk Written By: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Published on: May 25, 2023 12:44 IST
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After Sunny Leone made a magnificent debut at the Cannes Film Festival in a maroon velvet gown, the actress walked the red carpet at the screening of her film Kennedy in a pink-hued high-slit gown featuring a beautiful trail. Soon after this, Sunny in a candid interview with 'Deadline', talked about how one call from 'Bigg Boss' enabled her to transition from an adult film star of some 12 year's standing (2001-13) to a mainstream film star with 30 projects behind her, walking the red carpet of the world's most prestigious film festival.

In Cannes for the world premiere of Anurag Kashyap's cop noir movie 'Kennedy' in the Midnight Section, Sunny told Deadline how 'Bigg Boss' executives relentlessly pursued her. They even sent the Canadian Indian actress a powerpoint presentation to convince her to come on board. She remembered telling her then-boyfriend, now husband, who urged her to commit: "'You're out of your mind -- I'm not going to India, they'll hate me.' I've already gone through so much hate in that community."

Sitting in Cannes, the actress recalled the hurdles she had to overcome to be on the show 'Bigg Boss 5, (2011-12) with Sanjay Dutta and Salman Khan). "There were death threats and bomb threats," the actress, who was the Penthouse Pet of the Month in 2003, said. ALSO READ: Sunny Leone's oops moment saved by Anurag Kashyap at 'Kennedy' Cannes 2023 premiere | Viral Video

On being able to transcend her previous image, Sunny Leone said 'Big Boss' enabled her to build a humanity with viewers. "I think people related to me -- I was human, and not jumping on tables and doing all sorts of crazy stuff," she said. "They related with me as a person, cooking, cleaning ... that's what they connected with. People connected with that girl on 'Big Boss' and disconnected with Sunny Leone from the adult entertainment industry."

'Kennedy', Anurag Kashyap's fifth film in Cannes, stars Rahul Bhat (previously seen in Kashyap's 'Ugly' and 'Dobaaraa') as an insomniac ex-cop, who dwells in different circumstances looking for redemption. The ex-cop, who is presumed dead for a long time, operates secretly for the corrupt system. Leone plays a laughing femme fatale in his life.''

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