Sunny Leone is all set to the hit the jackpot
“I love Bollywood dancing. I’m getting better each day. I’m practising a lot. I don’t have much time, so I practise wherever I can… be it my home, car or hotel room. As a kid, I played a lot of sport, so balance and flexibility is not an issue for me.”
From hidden folders of computers to being out on the 70 MM screen, Sunny Leone has made quite the transition. Once discussed only in the boys’ locker room, she now has become a household name. Her stint in the reality show Bigg Boss paved way for her Bollywood debut and she steamed up the silver screen in Pooja Bhatt’s Jism 2. The adult film princess, however, never imagined any of this to happen. “I never thought that I would be working in Hindi films. It’s been two years in the industry and I can’t tell you how crazy it feels,” says the Canadian actor adding, “I never thought I would permanently move to India. I used to tell my friends that I would be back. But in no time my husband Daniel Weber and I were looking for a house, buying a car, appointing staff etc. And now, I’m doing shoots for magazines that I’d always dreamt of. It’s unbelievable. I’m working extremely hard here and giving it my all.”
Her next film with Sachiin Joshi, director Kaizad Gustad’s Jackpot, is also creating a lot of buzz. Jackpot, a racy thriller was shot in the casinos of Goa and Sunny, who plays a femme fatale, had a blast shooting for it. “I loved the script, when I first read it. I was hooked from the start.
I loved working with Sachiin and his company Viking Ventures. The film has shaped up well and it’s looking good. We all have put in a lot of hard work into it. Hope it all pays off.”
Though she’s spent a considerable amount of time in Hindi films, she still hasn’t got a hang of the ways and workings of the industry. “I’m always on time. But people here don’t expect that. I don’t get it. It bothers me when others are late.
I hate wasting hours till others arrive. Sometime back, there was an award show, which my publicist told me to reach by 8 pm. My husband and I reached on time and there was no one. We were the first ones to arrive.” The other thing Sunny is adapting to is Bollywood dancing. She’s putting her heart and soul into learning the latkas and jhatkas. “I love Bollywood dancing. I’m getting better each day. I’m practising a lot. I don’t have much time, so I practise wherever I can… be it my home, car or hotel room. As a kid, I played a lot of sport, so balance and flexibility is not an issue for me.”
With stardom, come perks and drawbacks. Sunny is experiencing all of them. “I’m enjoying my life. I get to travel the world and visit places I’ve always wanted to. This just seems like my dream job.” Though she’s enjoying the frills of her career, there are things which make her sad. She says, “I don’t have any time for myself or my loved ones. I don’t get holidays. I don’t get the time to go and see my dogs in the US. People think that actors lead a glamorous life and can do whatever they want. But the truth is that actors are hard-pressed for time. I don’t get to see much of my family. I miss my brother.”
The upward swing of her career is being beautifully complemented by the harmony in her marital life. She’s married to Daniel Webber, who along with his businesses in the USA manages her work here. The couple have been together for over five years. They’ve been married for two and a half years. “My husband is my best friend. We don’t fight. We are just happy to be with each other. We love each other. He has his own business and yet he smoothly manages my work here. He’s a multi-faceted guy. I’m happy he’s here with me. Today we did our fist puja together in the house. We lit one diya for Diwali, one for our new house and one for our marriage. It felt good,” she beams.
She’s eagerly awaiting her next two films after Jackpot. Ekta Kapoor’s Ragini MMS 2 and Devang Dholakia’s Tina And Lolo are her big ticket releases the next year. And wait, there’s a big masala entertainer too which is in her kitty. Only time will tell, how far this one goes.