It has been ten years since actor Sunny Leone took a trip in Bollywood and opened a new chapter in her life, but there are days when her past life haunts her. However, she says she has learned not to be bothered by these hiccups.
Leaving her career in the adult film industry in the West, Leone started her Bollywood journey with Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 2, creating a name in the industry and an empire for herself.
“As (compared to the) person who came into the industry in 2012, I am a very different person than I was then. And I think for the better. I like being here, I like this industry. I’m happy with all the work I’ve had the opportunity to do and a lot of good choices and a lot of bad choices,” said Leone.
The 41-year-old continues: “But within those bad choices, good things came out of it. And there’s been a huge learning curve and I’ve been able to meet some of the most amazing people and know that this is my home. I love every second of it.” I had no idea I would love it as much as I did when I first moved in. I am always grateful to all the fans who have supported me, because without them I really wouldn’t be here.”
Hailing from Canada, Leone, whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, took the reality TV route with a stint on one of the previous seasons of Bigg Boss to get into the limelight in India. Since then, she has appeared in projects such as Ek Paheli Leela, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, Raees, Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story of Sunny Leone and Ragini MMS Returns. Now she has also signed a project with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.
She is grateful to all the people who took an opportunity at a time when so many people from the industry were reluctant to work with her.
“When I got into the industry, there were indeed a lot of people who wanted to work with me. But there were a lot of people who wanted to work with me… That way, some of the more well-known production houses and people will probably still be hesitant to work with me,” reveals the mother of three, but she doesn’t mind.
She explains: ‘But that’s okay. I think it’s totally fine. I believe that at some point I may have the opportunity to work with some of these people. And I’m excited about it. I thank Anurag and his team for answering the phone and giving me a chance and letting me audition for this role. It’s just about someone giving you the chance. And this is the perfect moment of how life changes and how the whole dynamic of my career, I think, would change after working with someone like him.”
Recently, she was recently in Canada for an event honoring South Asian art – the same country where she was at one point ridiculed for her life choices.
“For me, this is a true-to-where moment. People in these cities said so many bad things and wrote me nasty letters. It was a time when people were trying to figure out why I was who I was. Now to get this moment of such great acceptance on such a great level where I go to Canada, represent the city and youth centers, and can be there and just enjoy being celebrated instead of being researched for my choices in life will be a great moment for myself and for my family,” she says proudly.