It’s her second Bollywood film after Jism 2, and Canadian actress of Indian origin Sunny Leone has continued to be as “provocative” as she was in her last one. In Chandigarh on Friday for the promotion of Jackpot, that also stars Sachiin Joshi, Sunny talked about the film’s premise and their run-ins with the Censor Board.
Talking about how she came to sign the film, Sunny says, “When I signed with an energy drink label for its endorsement, there was a party thrown where the film’s director Kaizad Gustad had been invited. He gave me the film’s (Jackpot) script and told me to read it all the way through without stopping.”
Jackpot, adds Sunny, is an entertainer and not an “all-out thriller”. “I am also quite fond of comedy,” she smiles. Releasing December 13, it will also feature Sunny’s husband Daniel Weber in a small role, enough to get his wife excited. “I can’t wait to see Daniel and me together on screen. It’s something very special for me,” she gushes.
Having fallen irrevocably in love with India and Bollywood, Sunny says she sees her life here and nowhere else. “This is my dream come true. As a kid, I would see the very amazing Madhuri Dixit on screen and tell myself that that’s what I will do one day. Of course, I am nowhere near as good as the legendary actress and only hope to be half as wonderful as she is,” she says.
Sunny and Sachiin are also all praise for the inimitable Naseeruddin Shah who is also acting in the film. Talking about the unique look that the veteran actor has donned in Jackpot, Sachiin says, “He makes his co-actors extremely comfortable and doesn’t lord over them.
As for his look, the film’s about the ever-growing casino scene in Goa, so of course he had to look different.” Sunny adds that Shah’s control over his body and emotions while acting and his vast knowledge are as unparalleled as his professionalism. Sharing about the actor’s lesser known side, the two recall, “One night, we all had a party on the set and he (Naseeruddin) got behind the piano and belted out some karaoke numbers.”
With regards the controversies that Jackpot has run in — one of them over Sunny and Sachiin’s steamy scenes — Sachiin feels the scenes are “integral to the film” and that “Sunny’s extreme professionalism and their comfort level kept it classy”. One of the film’s songs called Eggjactly, a rap by actor Jaaved Jaffery, had also attracted a lot of attention for its lyrics, which touched upon almost every controversy that was in the news — from the Commonwealth Games’ scam to the Bofors scandal.
Now that it’s banned by the Censor Board, Sachiin feels the Board “missed the humour in it”. He adds, “I feel quite bad that the song didn’t get a chance. I think that their opinion was biased. Even after the film was given an A certificate, the Board wanted us to make more cuts.” Sachiin is of the belief that the film being awarded an A certificate would affect their viewership as it was meant to be a “family entertainer.”
Try to get anything more about the film from the actors and they tell you, “Who gets whom, who lives and who dies, well, for that you’ll just have to watch the film!”