The 'graceful' and 'dignified' Sunny Leone put up a great show during Bhupendra Chaubey's interview, which became infamous after many termed Chaubey's line of questioning as inappropriate. Despite being constantly probed about her past, Sunny handled the interview bravely without walking out of those downright offensive and misogynistic comments directed towards her. Many A list celebrities have come out in support of the Bollywood actress since. However, there was one important point that the interviewer Bhupendra made that got us thinking – Was he really right in saying that Indians are 'hypocrites'? Let's analyze
Reality shows like 'Bigg Boss' which are controversial in nature often bring out the worst in an individual on national television and it sometimes even destroys Bollywood ambitions of wannabe stars who aim to make it big in the industry. Many known faces have entered this house and returned losing whatever little fan base they had and some who bagged big opportunities in the industry post the stint failed to live up to it. But Sunny Leone is one of the rare stars whose entry in the reality show gave her the chance to fulfill her dreams and today, she has become a star who is famous enough to be invited on a prime national news channel for an interview. Doesn't that place her on a much higher pedestal compared to certain people (who would like to be called stars) like Rakhi Sawant and Veena Malik. And this 'porn star', as Chaubey would like to term her, has even made a mark proving that she has definitely gained more stardom that even heroines who have had a launch under bigger banners (remember Preeti Jhangiani and Kim Sharma) couldn't achieve during their hay days.
Her connect too we believe is quite mainstream, courtesy her hosting stint in Splitsvilla. The actress hosts a youth oriented show on a popular music channel with many youngsters as contestants for the past two seasons. The makers actually planned to retain her for the second season after seeing the popularity of the first which does prove the fact that television has always been a strong medium for Sunny, especially since she can connect with the youth.
What proved beneficial for the star was also her 'past' and not in the way Bhupendra Chaubey would have liked to describe it in his interview. It is a renowned fact that Sunny Leone never shied away from her past and has definitely never mentioned of being ashamed of it. And it is this honesty that has got her a handful of fans. These fans may not be impressed with the 'actress' Sunny Leone but they admire the Sunny who can speak the truth. They appreciate her courage and even condemned the media when they couldn't get enough of obsessing over the words 'porn star' while describing Sunny Leone.
Having said that, are these fans strong enough to change the mindset of Indians in general? Can she play the next Tulsi or Parvati in saas-bahu sagas? Unfortunately, that will remain an unfulfilled dream and it has nothing to do with Sunny's acting skills. Yes, it may be impossible to imagine Sunny Leone as the saree-clad bahu but that holds true for most actresses in Bollywood. However, we wonder if we will ever be able to see the actress playing a simple girl's role like Geet in Jab We Met or Parineeti in Ishaqzaade. Though there are many who have been bashing Chaubey for his interview on social media for insulting the actress, we wonder if the prejudices attached to her past will ever wash away. There are still many who believe and comment about the skin show Sunny does on the silver screen despite the fact that many actresses have donned bikini in films. In fact, the actress' name is often synonymous with sex comedies or erotica. For example, her upcoming film Mastizaade has already been in the news for long, courtesy the stringent rules of the censors who were planning to chop off a major chunk of the film in the name of obscene and vulgar content.
It is not just the fans or Sunny Leone to be blamed. The fraternity of Bollywood which now stands united in support of the actress who was on the receiving end of the interview is probably the first positive step that the industry has taken as a whole in accepting Sunny Leone as a part of Bollywood. The mainstream, commercial and high profile actors and actresses have rarely acknowledged her presence so much so that we haven't seen the actress perform on reputed award shows. Today, whilst they voice out their support loud and clear on social media, there are many who still doubt the authenticity behind the actors shedding inhibitions of working with Leone. Aamir Khan recently spoke about how he has no problem in working with her and claimed that her 'past' doesn't matter after his name was dragged in the interview by Chaubey questioning inquisitively to Leone saying that the superstar may never act with her because of her 'past'. While we are thrilled to see Aamir Khan, amidst his busy schedule, respond to the comment and appreciate Sunny's courage to handle the interview, we wonder if the words were just made as an effort of empathy and if they would even turn into reality. Do you remember the miniscule cameo (blink and miss appearance rather) of Sunny Leone in Singh Is Bliing? Let's hope in a bid to turn mainstream we get to see some acting of Leone and not just appearances in big starrer, big budget films.
We still wonder if this interview has brought about a change in the perception towards Sunny Leone and would like to know if you truly believe that the actress will be able to make it as mainstream as a Deepika Padukone or a Katrina Kaif in Bollywood?