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When Indo-Canadian adult film star Sunny Leone was cast in the sequel to 'Jism', being made by the Bhatts, everyone thought it was a publicity stunt. After all, what better way to create news about your film than sign a controversial figure and that too on national television (Mahesh Bhatt went to the 'Bigg Boss 5 house to meet Sunny).
But producer-director Pooja Bhatt says that the only reason why Sunny was chosen to play the lead in the film was because her personality matched with the character she was playing. (Err we really wonder what that means and what is she playing in the film!).
According to Pooja , the Bhatts had done 'authentic casting' in 'Jism 2'. "We have taken Sunny Leone because we want a girl who plays that kind of part and persona," she said at an event recently. The producer-director believes that filmmakers only talk about out-of-the-box casting but no one actually does it. She also seems to have realised what the audience wants to watch – not serious movies like 'Zakhm' but sizzling stuff like 'Jism'.
"People talk about 'Zakhm' and then go and watch 'Jism'. The point is that we have decided to attach ourselves with only those who are audacious, be it Sunny Leone or anyone else; people who walk their talk and dare to stick their necks out," she said.
The actress-turned-filmmaker, is currently busy with pre-production work of 'Jism 2', which will go on floors soon though she is still on the lookout for two male actors. We guess in-house hero and serial kisser Emraan Hashmi should be a good bet, right Pooja?
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