Ever since Sunny Leone expressed interest in exploring opportunities in Bollywood, directors have been queuing up to sign the adult film actress for their next ventures. However, director Mahesh Bhatt seems to have beaten the rest of the bandwagon.
The veteran filmmaker is so keen on working with Sunny Leone that he will be following her to the Bigg Boss House where she currently resides.
Mahesh Bhatt, who clearly has an eye for talent – given that he has successfully created iconic stars John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Kangana Ranaut, and Emraan Hashmi among others – sees a potential in Sunny Leone as the lead for his upcoming film Jism 2.
Since Bigg Boss 5 reaches it finale in early January 2012 and Sunny Leone has entered the house as a contestant, Mahesh Bhatt was eager to gauge if she has the ability and inclination to be the lead actor of Jism 2. Hence he approached Bigg Boss team to see if a meeting could be arranged with the international beauty, who willingly accepted his offer.
While the Bigg Boss house has witnessed a lot of activities in the previous seasons, including marriages, hookups and breakups, this is the first time ever that viewers will get to see a business deal, especially a movie deal, being signed inside the house.
Speaking about this landmark move to discuss a movie deal on national television, director Mahesh Bhatt said, “Jism 2 is the story of a woman who transcends from the 'body' to the 'soul’. For Jism 2, I wanted to approach an actress who not only has the physical attributes, but also the emotional 'edge' to carry off the complexity of the role. While I have leading Bollywood actresses eager to essay this role, I was keen to also discuss this proposal with a confident, professional new comer like sunny who has expressed interest in making a Bollywood debut."
So will Mahesh Bhatt’s efforts to approach Sunny Leone be successful and will Jism 2 mark her Bollywood debut?
"Announcing a film is as important as releasing it. Bigg Boss is a great platform and announcing a film on the show will have an astounding impact. We are in show business which is all about doing things publicly rather than in a quiet setting," Bhatt told PTI.
The National award winning director also said that Sunny is the perfect girl to play the lead role in the sequel of 2003 movie, which was directed by his daughter, Pooja Bhatt.
"Sunny comes from a world where she had to struggle a lot. It took her lot of effort and courage to do what she does. Her loneliness, her pain, her wounds- all of it suits the narrative of the film. She embodies the fact that nobody is ideal. The film is a journey of a girl in search of her soul," he said.
The Saaransh director also said that the decision to cast Sunny was taken by Pooja, who had her eyes on the actress since 2003.
"It is Pooja's decision. She wanted to cast her in 'Jism' but things didn't materialise. She wanted someone real. Someone who has not yet been touched by Bollywood. Hence, Sunny has been finalised," he added.