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'I won't scandalise Bollywood'
Does it bother you that you are seen as being 'different' ?
I think that in this world, doing something different in itself is very compelling and you have to respect the idea of somebody wanting to do so. And in this industry, if you are going to make a product, it should be different from your last, not yet another cliched movie. And for me it's creating something that I always enjoyed. I have always been doing what that no one else likes. I have always struck out in a direction that isn't socially acceptable but once the product is out, everybody just loves it.
I love my industry. I have always loved it. It's something I don't think that will ever not be a part of my life whether I am in front of the camera or behind it or doing something else in the industry. And no matter what you try to do, you can't erase my past. I am what I am. I am proud of what I am. I love my business and I love my career.
Can we expect a lot of bold scenes from you in Jism 2?
You have to remember that this film is being made in India for the Indian market. The world perhaps assumes that since Sunny Leone is working in Jism 2 it will be bolder than Jism. The word 'bold' is in the idea, not the physicality. The film will not have anything hitherto unseen in Bollywood movies. The film will not cross limits. The word 'bold' is relative anyway. I have shocked adult movies fans earlier. I will not scandalise Bollywood movie fans.
What's your role in Jism 2 then?
The character I am playing is of a woman who is romantic as well as passionate. The film is a sexy movie but has so much beauty to it. It is about the journey of a woman who goes through various seasons in life.
Was it the role that prompted you to sign the film?
I was a little concerned earlier, but I decided to sign it after I heard the story. I think as an actor you should know what you are getting into. You should know, if nothing else, at least the basics of the story. And after I heard the details and the storyline I found that I really agreed with the character they wanted me to play. Soon I started working on how to become this person.
I have done many unpopular things in my life but I've always stepped forward and said this is what I like;this is what I want to do. I think this character is really strong and I'll be able to pull the strength from all the things that I have gone through to make this character come to life.
How is the rest of your family reacting?
Some of my relatives are reality show freaks. One of them saw me in Bigg Boss and I got to know about it when I left the house. I thought they wouldn't even know. It is not as if everyone knows my history. I would say that my mother and father would have been very proud to know that I am on the way to becoming a Bollywood movie star now. I wish they were alive to see my film release.
How were you picked from a reality show to enter Bollywood?
When I was in the house (Bigg Boss House) I had no idea that I would be the first participant to be offered a film. I was honoured and I couldn't digest the goings-on - it all happened very fast. I get goose bumps even thinking about it. It's going to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life, in my career so far.
I didn't know who Mahesh Bhatt was. Bigg Boss said, "This is so and so. He is a producerdirector and he would like to meet you. He's come here to meet you". And then as the day went on, he started explaining his company, who he was and the movie. The rest of the housemates also explained his standing in the industry. That's when realised that this is something serious. And as for the rest of the housemates - they were busy picking up their jaws from the floor. It all came together like a magnet.
Having entered Bollywood, is it curtains for the adult industry now?
After finishing my stint at Bigg Boss, I haven't filmed any adult movie for my banner Sunlust or anyone else for that matter. But that in no way means that I have quit my industry. I am just going with the flow. I am not someone who can predict what the future has in store for me, and I am willing to wait and see what Bollywood has to offer me as well. My company will continue to make films back home in the USA. It is legal there and working in adult films is not something I am ashamed.
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