Sunny Leone has had quite a journey – from an adult film star to a Bollywood actor of moderate success. Here's a glimpse of the actress' stint in Bollywood so far.
Sunny Leone first made an appearance in 2005, when she was a red-carpet reporter for the MTV Awards on MTV India (This image was posted on Twitter by Sunny Leone)
Sunny Leone has been courted by various Indian directors but she has felt uncomfortable with the roles offered. In fact, director Mohit Suri had reportedly asked Sunny Leone to play the lead role in his film Kalyug, but instead cast Deepal Shaw as he could not afford Sunny's $1 million acting fee.
Sunny caused an instant stir when she appeared in the fifth season of the television reality show Bigg Boss in 2011. However, she refused to divulge her porn star status, and told fellow house-mate Pooja Bedi that she has been a model and a TV star in America for the last ten years or so.
Sunny’s Twitter feed gained 8,000 new followers in just 2 days and Google searches for her experienced a ‘breakout’.
During her stay in the Bigg Boss house, Sunny was approached by director Mahesh Bhatt who entered the house briefly to offer her the lead role in Jism 2. The first look of the film Jism 2 poster announced the actress' entry in Bollywood. Jism 2 was released on August 3, 2012.
Sunny Leone was recently seen in the item number Laila in Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor’s Shootout At Wadala. Did Sunny’s thumka’s win hearts?
Sunny said in an interview that she never imagined she would get a chance to do a Bollywood item number. ‘I had never thought I would be here and get a chance to do something like this (item song)… I have seen Bollywood dances. As a little girl, I watched Bollywood movies with beautiful women dancing and singing,’ Sunny has said.
Soon after her Laila fame, Sunny oozed oomph at the ad campaign of energy drink XXX. The sultry diva was roped in to be the face of the drink, owned by actor-entrepreneur Sachiin Joshi.
A research carried out by the drink major revealed Sunny was by far one of the most popular faces among its target audience of youth in the age group of 18 to 25. Thus, the ad campaign! Sunny said in an interview: ‘I am happy people are accepting me and want to see more of me. I am happy to be appealing to teenagers, old people. I feel very happy and fortunate that everyone around is showing so much love. It makes me want to continue to entertain here.’
Sunny, who has completed shooting for Ekta Kapoor's Ragini MMS sequel, says: ‘It is a dream come true to be working in this industry. The journey till now has been amazing and hopes it stays that way. I am the new kid on the block. The kind of offers that are coming my way are good and I feel blessed.’ (Photo: Varinder Chawla)