Arnab Goswami has made Sunny Leone more popular than she actually is. Which is a very hard thing to do. Considering she has millions of followers on Twitter and is considered one of the most ‘searched’ celebrities from India (what people ‘search’ for when they click ‘Sunny Leone’ is another matter). She also apparently has a fleet of drooling Indian journalists waiting to interview her. So her husband Daniel told me, and also advised me to wait patiently as everyone who was waiting is ‘the same’ (meaning, equal).
Right, and some are more equal than others. Who would know this better than Sunny Leone who fought off her immense reputation as an adult film star to become a known name in Bollywood?
These days she doesn’t like talking about her past. Earlier she spoke freely about her husband’s booming porn business and her participation in it. Now when you mention it, she accuses you being “stuck in the past when the world has moved on”. I quite understand her state of denial. She has three children to be answerable to.
Ms. Leone recently disowned a very well made-honest documentary Mostly Sunny on her journey from adult films to Bollywood directed by Dilip Mehta. On the other hand, she is gung-ho about a mediocre web series on her life.
She also has anchors on television reciting her name on television almost reflexively: say ‘Sunny’ and ‘Leone’ follows. That’s the difference between the young and Deol.
Hence when Arnab Goswami, intoxicated by the thought of his favorite party coming back to power, inadvertently referred to ‘Sunny Leone’ leading in Gurdaspur she retorted, “By how many votes?” Wink wink.
While we must applaud Ms. Leone and her very clever husband for their presence of mind, I must admit that the day when Deol and Leone, the two most famous Sunnys of Indian showbiz (with due respects to Sunny Singh, Sunny Nijjar), would be sharing the lokmanch together.
Why not? Why not Sunny Leone in politics? She has all the qualifications. She is a rags-to-riches story. At least she claims she went into porn for financial reasons (other job options were not open to her, apparently).
She is a woman who has come up the hard way(playing the gender card always helps). She has more fans on the internet than Sunny Deol can dream of. And she has a perfect guide, adviser and designer in her husband. Oh yes, and her career in Bollywood seems to have reached a dead end. She is as ready to move on as Sunny Deol, Urmila Matondkar, and Ravi Kissan. In other words, Ms. Leone is all set. All we need to do is check her passport to see if she’s an Indian and Canadian citizen.The latter is not such a disqualification for active participation in Indian politics. Akshay would agree.