This article was last updated on June 18, 2022
In the past two days, social networking sites and media channels have been buzzing with coverage about the Sunny Leone interview conducted by journalist Bhupendra Chaubey that was all but based on her soon to release film Mastizaade. The interview rather went on the lines of shaming her for her history in the porn business. While almost every lay man came out in support of the actress, Bollywood celebrities who have so far been mum about Sunny's entrance into the industry took to twitter and Facebook supporting her. We at Bollywood Hungama decided to take a look at both sides of the ensuing drama to gain better clarity on the reason Chaubey had to pursue his chosen line of questioning in the interview.
Defending his stance, Chaubey updated his blog with an explanation stating that his interview was based on the backdrop of India having become the top most consumer of porn and about the issues of censorship that are being debated today. He further added, "I simply did the job of asking questions, yes which were perhaps moral in nature. But isn't that also the story? I did mention this multiple times in course of the interview that Indians were a bunch of hyper hypocritical people."
With questions like:
-Do you not sometimes get affected by the fact that your past… your past that you were this porn queen will continue to haunt you? Or maybe continue to pull you back? When maybe you could've gone far higher.
-Are you proud of your past?
-Do you think Aamir Khan will work with you?
-I wonder if I'm being morally corrupt by interviewing you
-In typical Bollywood terms, you're an item girl
-How many people would aspire to be a porn star?
Chaubey did little to promote the film Mastizaade, but instead continued with his line of questioning that focused on her career as a porn star. TV anchor and actor Gaurav Kapur summed up Chaubey's interest in a rather intuitive manner when he tweeted, "Bhupendra's every word reeks of a dodgy agenda. Full marks to Sunny Leone for the grace she showed. Most would've walked out of that cringe fest of an interview."
In fact, the highlight was Chaubey's questioning statements, "You think that Aamir Khan would ever work with you?" to which Sunny promptly replied that he would have to check with the actor. Rephrasing the question Chaubey continued, "Would you want to work with Aamir Khan?" On receiving a positive answer, Chaubey undeterred continued his rant, "So you would like to work with Aamir Khan but Aamir Khan wouldn't want to work with you? How would that reflect on you then?"
Responding to the interview questions in a matter that quite literally is a slap on the face, Aamir Khan posted on facebook saying, "I think Sunny conducted herself with a lot of grace and dignity in this interview…. I wish I could have said the same about the interviewer. And yes Sunny, I will be happy to work with you. I have absolutely no problems with your "past", as the interviewer puts it. Stay blessed. Cheers."
Sunny Leone on the other hand, maintained her cool and completed her interview. Though she did seem to be getting upset with the question, not once did she blast out.
Not taking too kindly to such a hard line of questioning that bordered on the lines of an interrogation, Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of Sunny Leone who more than answered the presented questions with panache. We list here a few of them:
Anushka Sharma: "This downright distasteful interview shows d journalists intellect & lack of basic human respect & nothing else.kudos @SunnyLeone"
Anil Kapoor: "@sunnyleone, Kudos to you for being so grateful, poised & courageous in the face of ignorance. I'm a fan :)"
Sushant Singh Rajput: "How beautifully u held your own in that stupid interview @SunnyLeone .Some1 should have taught him how to respect a woman when he was a kid."
Radhika Apte: "Appalled by the journalist and his lack of intellect, humanity and respect. Bravo @SunnyLeone in complete support."
Saqib Saleem: "An all time low for journalism in our country.. Interview done in such bad taste.. Kudos @SunnyLeone for tackling a retard so well".
Richa Chadha: "@bhupendrachaube 'a interview of @SunnyLeone was the most sexist,holier-than-thou one I have seen lately.He wanted you to crack,you DIDN'T!"
Riteish Deshmukh: "More power to you @Sunnyleone"
Rishi Kapoor: "Very unfair& rude interview with Sunny Leone on CNN IBN.She is taking it on her chin sportingly,obviously in the interest of her coming film"
Alia Bhatt: "That was literally NOT an interview.. Just hyper opinionated statements with a question mark at the end!!! No Grace? Chivalry? Ridiculous!"
Dia Mirza: "He asks the same question for 20minutes. Because she doesn't satisfy him with the response he's looking for.#Respect "
Milap Zaveri: "She is a rockstar! My #MastizaadiSunny Love her!"
Vir Das: "Here's hoping Mr Chaubey's next interview explores something other than his own prejudice"
Mini Mathur: "Yes and such stupid questions!He is so googly eyed & patronising while @SunnyLeone holds her own so beautifully"
Farah Khan: "One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.@SunnyLeone im a fan!"
Shahid Kapoor: "@SunnyLeone respect. Few could have been as composed dignified and classy as you were. ???? you sure showed men it's a woman's world. Boom!"
Mohit Suri: "@SunnyLeone Truly inspired by the grace and dignity you have stood upto to anyone publicly humiliating women in India! Thank you"
Arshad Warsi: "I have become a @SunnyLeone fan after watching her IBN interview… What a graceful & dignified lady."
Kartik Aaryan: "Just Saw the Interview Respect @SunnyLeone"
Genelia Deshmukh: "So disappointed to see such disrespect towards a woman.. Is this Journalism??.I don't know @SunnyLeone personally but what a dignified lady."
Vidya Balan: "Sunny Leone displays far more dignity than these self appointed moral custodians of society."