Sunny Leone, who walked the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on Thursday for the world premiere of her film Kennedy, spoke about her transition from the adult entertainment industry to Bollywood on the festival’s sidelines.She said in an interview that her journey was not without hurdles and hate, but she also received a lot of love from Indian audiences who discovered her on the reality show Bigg Boss.
Sunny moved to India after appearing on the fifth season of Bigg Boss, but her big debut was met with a pushback. “I was in the adult entertainment industry when Big Brother India, which is called Bigg Boss, called and said, ‘We want you to be on the show’. And I told my boyfriend, now my husband, ‘You’re out of your mind, I don’t want to go to India, they’ll hate me’. Because I’ve already gone through so much hate within that community, at that moment, I was like, ‘No way, you’re out of your mind, I’m not doing that’.
Sunny said that Bigg Boss was ‘very persistent’, and they event sent her a PowerPoint presentation of their viewership. She said that after some convincing, she agreed to do the show. But things didn’t go smoothly. “Right before getting on the show, there were a lot of hurdles. There were death threats, bomb threats. The CEO of Viacom, I believe, he had to quit because of this pressure and someone else came in. He said, ‘Well, you’ve already signed her to be on the show, let’s bring her in’,” she said.
Sunny went on, “What people related to was that I was human, and not jumping on tables and doing crazy things.” They told me about the person who was cooking and cleaning in the kitchen… People connected with that girl on Bigg Boss while distancing themselves from Sunny Leone in the adult entertainment industry. I’m not referring to the industry; I’m referring to an individual who was unaware of my background and then discovered it. In this way, I had a large number of people on my side. Then there was the first movie, and there were a lot of not-so-nice articles, and a lot of hate, and a lot of hurdles and hate in between all of that.”