Actress Sunny Leone may be only few films old, but she has surely become the most sought after actress in the tinsel town lately. With as good as 5 films in her kitty this year including 'Ek Paheli Leela', 'Mastizaade', 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai', 'One Night Stand' and 'Beimaan Love', Leone seems to be slowly and steadily making her place in Bollywood. In a quick chat, the young lady talks about her film 'Leela', her desire to work with Salman Khan and more. Excerpts from the interview:
'Leela' shows us a completely different Sunny Leone. What made you do the film?
When I read the script, I just loved the idea of being something what people are not used to see. If I am given a chance to experiment with different looks and characters, why wouldn't I do the same? Nobody would like to play the same character again and again, so whenever I get to do something different, I would just grab onto the opportunity. The story of 'Leela' is just fantastic and I feel we have accomplished creating the story while shooting the film.
How difficult was it for you to get into the character of 'Leela'?
It was very difficult for me as I play two different characters - the first one is Meera who is a super model from London which is very much like me. Then I go to Rajasthan where I fall in love with a prince and get married to him, so the look changes into a Princess where I wear beautiful sarees and dresses which I love the most. First two looks were easy as every girl is a princess from within. Becoming Leela was very difficult as I had to play a villager, so my skin color had to be changed and stuff like that. To become Leela, it was physically very taxing. I also had to learn to develop the Rajasthani accent, so it was really very difficult. But I am very excited to see the result of the film.
Has the success of 'Jism 2' and 'Ragini MMS 2' given you confidence to do different stuff?
Because I have done everything backwards, I am not your typical Bollywood actress entering in this industry. Everything what I could have done wrong in my life, I have already done it. So now I want to do something different. If I like a story and if I am a part of it, I really feel that it would do well. One of my films (Jackpot) was not a success, so it was a reality check for me. It started sinking right from the first show. After the failure of 'Jackpot', I was really nervous for the Box Office Performance for 'Ragini MMS 2'. I really wanted the film to do well, but there was always a thought in my head that if this film fails what next? Baby Doll was also such a huge success, so it all helped me. I hope people go and watch this film too but I want people to see me grow. I want them to see if I have grown as an actor or as a dancer.
You have three films releasing within a span of 1 month, so do you think over exposure would harm the business of your films?
One film out of the three will not be released in May, something will get pushed and you will get to know about it soon. I don't know exactly what is going to happen but at the end of the day releasing so close together is not good. It is not good for me at all but however I believe that each of the film is very good and I believe in each film. I want the films to get due amount of time to do well. I don't want to take any film for granted and I want to give all the films a fair chance to do well. Unfortunately I am not the producer so I am not sure what will happen, but right now all my focus is on 'Leela'. I will not promote another film until 'Leela' releases.
Many actors are apprehensive about working with you because of your past, so does that affect you at any point of time?
All media and press ask me who would you like to work with, I always give them one answer I want to work with people who want to work with me. I don't want to work with people who don't like me because of my past. I want to be happy with people I work with. People might be scared to work with me because they are Disney and I am not. They are like Disney Land character and I am in the R rated section. I feel the apprehensiveness of the actors to work with me because of my past, will change with the passing time.
If there is one Bollywood Actor you have to work with, who would it be?
I would love to work with Salman Khan. He is such a nice person. Every time I have seen him or met him at any event or something, he always says hi, he is always so respectful. When I got into the industry, he was the first person to encourage me and said 'Good Luck Sunny', we welcome you to Bollywood. He was the first person to say this; in fact no one else said this to me. So of course he is the first person I have met, he is the first person that I have interacted with. I have met Shah Rukh Khan and he is very nice as well but I would love to work with Salman. It would be a life changing experience for me.