Actor Sunny Leone is definitely much more than a pretty face, the former adult star, who made her Bollywood debut in 2012 with Jism 2, says that she is also "clumsy and goofy". "I am a bit clumsy and sometimes goofy too," laughs Leone, adding that she is enjoying her time in the Hindi film industry. She adds, "I want to add a new dimension to every character I play. I also want to be able to express myself, the way I want to without being judged." Leone tells HT City about her Bollywood journey and why the negativity about her past never touches her.You have been in India for some time now and have done a number of films, but there are some people who can't move past your adult movie star image. Do you think you will be able to shed that image? Have you tried changing their mindset?
I don't know about shedding any image because I can't do that. It's not in my hands. (Pauses) All I can do is be myself, work hard and hopefully make better movies and become a better actress. So when people see me playing different roles onscreen, their perception will automatically change. I am who I am. My past has made me what I am today. I am not ashamed of it. I am here in India to start a new life, do good things and be part of a world that I never thought could happen to me. That way I am living a dream. This is my journey, my true story. I actually went through a lot of creepy things to get where I am today. But it doesn't mean that I am not strong. I have the strength to survive the punches and attacks directed towards me. I am a fighter. I can survive all the negativity around me.
Sunny Leone in Ek Paheli Leela.
You are also doing TV along with films. Which do you enjoy more, acting or hosting?
I like making movies. It's my favourite thing in the world. I love the idea of performing different characters, created by a writer or a director. Hosting a show also gives me a high. I find it exciting when I am presenting something to the audience as a host.
Coming to films, you will be seen in Prabhu Deva's Singh is Bling?
(Cuts in) I can't really talk about that film right now.
What other films are you doing in Bollywood?
Currently, I am doing Beiimaan Love with Rajneesh Duggal. We have started with the first schedule. My character is interesting. I have just finished Jasmine D'Souza's One Night Stand. There are a few more film offers in the pipeline. Maastizade, my last film had some censorship issues. I hope the film releases soon.
(Smiles) I want to work with all the A-list actors and actresses. Working with them will be wonderful. I am also more than happy to work with actors who work hard, are professional and really nice people. With good company, we can come up with a good product.
Sunny Leone in Kuch Kuch Locha Hai.
The kind of films you have done so far have required a fair bit of skin show. Are you getting the kind of roles you want to do? Do you think directors approach you with a fixed mindset?
I know what you mean. If you simply consider the names One Night Stand or Beiiman Love, it may sound like these are films without substance, but they are not. I believe everything happens for a reason. I think one film leads to another. The roles that I have done so far have been provocative, sexy and glamorous. But there are a few films that I am working on now which will portray me in a different avatar. Of course, I want to do a film where I can play a serious character. I hope it will happen slowly.
You have directed and still produce adult films. Do you plan to direct and produce Bollywood films in future?
I don't know about directing, but I am good at producing and also taking care of the floor details. Being a director is a tough job. But yes, I may produce Bollywood films some day.
This is your second season with MTV Splitsvilla. What is it that you like about the show?
I like Splitsvilla as it is about love and making a connection. I always wanted to be associated with MTV, in fact, during the last season when they were looking for a host I had secretly blocked my dates hoping they would call me and they did. (Laughs) Watching and guiding these kids on the show, from the first to last day, is like an emotional and mental journey for all.
How is Ranvijay Singha as a co-host?
Ranvijay is fun to work with. We share a good chemistry. He is a thorough professional and has a lot of energy. The common string between us is that we are both obsessed about our spouses and are continuously talking about them. (Laughs again)
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