Currently on a promotional tour for her next film Mastizaade, Sunny Leone has called herself a realist business person.
The actor made inroads into Indian showbiz with the season of reality show Bigg Boss and then landed a role in Bollywood with Jism 2.
In an interview to CNN IBN anchor Bhupendra Chaubey posed some questions, which Sunny tackled quite sportingly. Some of the questions asked were: There are lots of married women who look at Sunny Leone as a threat to their husbands, do you not care about all this? You would like to work with Aamir Khan, but would Aamir Khan like to work with you? A member of parliament, in his speeches, has held you responsible for corrupting Indian morality. How do you deal with that?
Admitting that a mainstream star like Aamir may not be interested in working with her, Leone said, “It doesn’t affect me if a particular person doesn’t want to work with me. I am anyways working everyday. More than an entertainer, I am a business person and I would like to concentrate on that.”
She was even asked: If Sunny Leone is becoming brand ambassador of New India, is that a dangerous trend to have? Another question posed to her was whether Sunny is the reason behind the growing porn watchers in India. “Since you have come to Indian cinema, the number of people watching porn has increased proportionately to the extent that we are now the world’s largest consumer of porn. Can you respond to that,” the interviewer asked.
However, Sunny answered the queries with wit and poise, thereby garnering applause from known names of the film fraternity. She even shared a video thanking her fans and Bollywood industry for their support and love.
On set and I feel this really needs to be said right now! Thank you and love you!! pic.twitter.com/SHSZSU7pij— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) January 19, 2016
Watch the entire interview
Days after the interview was aired on Indian TV, Bollywood stars took to Twitter to express their outrage against the ‘sexist and disgusting’ questions posed to her even as they laud her ‘bravery’:
This downright distasteful interview shows d journalists intellect & lack of basic human respect & nothing else.kudos @SunnyLeone— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) January 19, 2016
@SunnyLeone U were poised & graceful in front of that misogynistic twat! Was an attack not an interview but u came out shining! U go girl👏🏼— SOPHIE CHOUDRY (@Sophie_Choudry) January 19, 2016
Very unfair& rude interview with Sunny Leone on CNN IBN.She is taking it on her chin sportingly,obviously in the interest of her coming film— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) January 17, 2016
That was literally NOT an interview.. Just hyper opinionated statements with a question mark at the end!!! No Grace? Chivalry? Ridiculous!— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) January 19, 2016
How beautifully u held your own in that stupid interview @SunnyLeone .Some1 should have taught him how to respect a woman when he was a kid.— Sushant S Rajput (@itsSSR) January 19, 2016
As a live broadcaster, you must be objective & rid yourself of all bias before an interview. Bhupendra's every word reeks of a dodgy agenda.— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 19, 2016
Full marks to Sunny Leone for the grace she showed. Most would've walked out of that cringe fest of an interview.— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 19, 2016
Just watched half of Sunny Leone's intv with Bhupendra Chaubey. What a disgracefully conducted interview. Sneering & rude.— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) January 19, 2016
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