Sunny Leone is only five films old but she has definitely made her place in Bollywood. What started as her first step towards her dream has now become her passion and she is enjoying every bit of it. And while initially, people just thought that Sunny was fit only for sexy roles with skimpy clothes, her last film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ stunned all. Sunny proved her mettle as an actress too! And now the gorgeous lady is gearing up for her second film this year, ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’. In a brief chat, the diva talks to us about her role, the movie, her equation with Ram Kapoor and more. Excerpts from the interview:
Firstly Sunny congratulations on success of ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. Were you expecting this kind of response for the movie?
I was hoping for because I know what I put into the film. I put my blood, sweat and tears for the movie. I worked really hard and that was whether it did well or didn’t do well, I wanted people to take notice of me.
Sunny your last film ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ was a hit. Has it kind of added more pressure on you?
Yes, there is lot of pressure on me. I would be lying to you if I say it didn’t. It definitely has. I believe will start expecting from me. This film ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Locha’ is an example of how I can be in a family film. It is a comedy which has few cute little situations in it. So yes I am feeling the pressure and I am kind of scared of Fridays.
What can your fans expect from ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’?
Over the last few years, I have signed films which have been different from each other. ‘Leela’ is so different from ‘Kuch Kuch Locha Hai’. People hadn’t seen me in an avatar that I played in Leela. In KKLH, I play a Bollywood actress. Have people seen me in this avatar? Yeah they have and it wasn’t hard for me to get into the character as well. But what they haven’t seen me play is a comic character. I would be doing comedy in this movie which they have never seen me do. I don’t know if people are going to like me in comic avatar, I don’t know if this is going to work but fortunately for this film the hero of the movie isn’t Sunny Leone but it is Ram Kapoor. He is the central character and we are around in him. This is the first time for where I am not the hero of the movie.
Will people accept you in this movie since you are not the central character?
Well I guess so. I think it is a battle how people will accept this role and movie versus some other movie. I like my character it is not very heavy. It doesn’t weigh you down.
What is your character in the movie?
My character’s name is Shanaya, who is a Bollywood diva. She is somebody who wants to be a good actress. In the movie she is trying to prepare for a role which demands her to be a typical Gujarati bahu. So for that she needs to learn the Gujarati way. I have to learn cooking, garba and everything else. And then I happen to meet Pravin Patel (Ram Kapoor), whom she thinks can be the right person to teach her the nuances of the role that she is preparing for. But what she fails to realize is the locha Mr. Patel is creating in her life.
Sunny, comedy is considered a difficult genre. How was it for you to get a hand over the comic aspect of your character?
I love comedy and what people don’t know about me, when I lived in USA, I used to do tours with comedy shows at comedy store and other such places. There would be comedians who would do stand ups and then I and few other girls would do some kind of comic skits in between. I have a little bit of training in comedy. People don’t know that I have no issues of making fun of myself. I trip over myself and I don’t get embarrassed. I don’t have inhibitions on camera with comedy as well. I do believe comedy is the hardest genre because everyone is sitting in their seat waiting to laugh. They are waiting for you to make them laugh is difficult. KKLH will make you laugh. I don’t do comedy but there is lot of comedy going on around her.
Like for Leela you learnt Rajasthani, did you learn Gujarati for this film?
Yes I learnt Gujarati. I can say few words like kem cho? Majama pajama… Doba (quips). I also learnt garba.
Whenever we say Sunny Leone, one would think of glamorous roles. With Leela, you showed all that you can act well too. So would you now want to do a de-glam role with a powerful story?
I am doing two films like these. I am in a de-glam avatar wearing a simple shirt and jeans. The movies which I am doing all are different from each other. I am doing a film called ‘One Night Stand’ too. Though it obviously has a one night stand, the story is different.
Tell us your experience of working with Ram Kapoor.
Ram is really funny in real life. Working with him is a dream. He is super nice. I was happy that Devang sir had signed someone who has his presence felt in Bollywood. The film is not riding on my name and Ram Kapoor I feel is the perfect choice. I have watched his serials on television. I was so happy that they signed him because he is an experienced actor, people know him in the industry and he knows what he is doing. I learnt a lot from Ram. In the past I have worked mostly with new actors. Given that I don’t have much experience, it is a dream to work with Ram, who is so experienced.
Were you ever skeptical to work with Ram, given that his last film ‘Humshakals’ received lot of flak?
Not at all because every actor in this industry has flops including me. No actor can have hits after hits every time. It is not possible. We make a film because we like the story. Whether it is right choice or wrong choice, is not in our hands. We are just living our dream of becoming an actor. To judge someone on one film is wrong.
Does box-office success matter to you?
It does bother me and I freak out looking at it. Friday release scares me. During Leela, I locked myself up in a room and was staring at my phone, hoping to see a positive response to the movie. It scares the hell out of me.