Sunny Leone came with a bang into Bollywood. Her crossover from the adult film industry into the Indian film industry has been remarkably smooth. India is a conservative country and sex is a taboo topic that seldom finds its place in mainstream media.
She is one of the top searched Google entries in India and has a huge fan following, her movies are enthusiastically anticipated by the masses. The fans can’t get enough of her screen time. Many times people went to the theatre just to see an item dance of her in the movie.
Bollywood fans want more appearances from her on the silver screen. Like it or hate it, Sunny Leone has strongly established herself in mainstream cinemas. Her curvaceous figure with an amazing charm has captured the audience.
This unconventional actress has her status firmly set on the favorite past-time of India and seemingly will only get progressive. Here are some interesting facts about Sunny Leone that not many people know:
Karenjit Kaur Vohra
Sunny Leone was born as Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Indian parents, who immigrated to Canada before they gave birth to her. She worked at a German bakery, retirement fund, and tax firm before taking onto the adult industry as her on-stage name, Sunny Leone. Before her Bollywood debut, she only visited India merely four times with her family.
Sunny and Sunny
Sunny Leone says that she discovered her bisexuality at the age of 13. She found a confidante in her brother, Sundeep Singh, who also goes by the nickname of Sunny.
She enrolled to become a pediatric nurse in Orange County. During this period she was spotted by Penthouse magazine, she did a photoshoot for them and the rest is history. Thank you Mr. Photographer!
Kiss and tell
Sunny Leone admitted she had her first kiss at a tender age of 11. According to her, she lost her virginity aged 16 to a local basketball player from her school. You can say that she was definitely an early boomer.
When she turned 19 years old, she joined the adult industry. Her parents had a difficult time adjusting to her new profession and were hurt by her unusual career choice. She only wanted to do lesbian porn during the beginning phase of her career. It turned out she would act in over 50 adult films and direct another 50 plus movies.
In 2004, she was part of ‘No More Bush Girls’, in which she and several other popular porn actresses including shaved off their pubic hair in support of the anti-George Bush administration campaign.
Sun Lust Pictures
Sunny Leone began her career as a businesswoman when she launched her very own studio called ‘Sun Lust Pictures’, collaborating with her husband Daniel Weber.
One Million Dollar
Sunny Leone was approached by Mohit Suri for his movie ‘Kalyug’, only to be turned down because the production house could not afford her fees of $1 million. Deepal Shaw played the role later on at a supposedly lower price.
Her second adult movie, ‘The Virtual Vivid Girl Sunny Leone’, won the AVN awards. It is equivalent to Oscars for the adult film industry. She has featured in over 40 adult movies and she also directs her own movies.
An animal lover
Sunny Leone featured in ‘Ragini MMS 2’, which was a ghostlike thriller, she claims she is not afraid of supernatural but is very scared of any kinds of bugs or insects. She is an avid dog lover and has two dogs at her home. You can often see her doing her part for animal activism.
Sunny Leone loves Punjabi-styled ‘Parathas’, but Italian cuisine is her preferred food. Also, she is a fan of Aamir Khan. She said at an interview that Aamir Khan was her beloved hero of Bollywood since her childhood. Furthermore, she wants to share the silver screen with Mr. Perfectionist.
She made it to BBC’s 100 Most Influential Women list in the year 2016. With her on this list were four other Indian women, including a 105-year old environmentalist. At the time, she had said: “It’s your right as a woman to follow your dreams.”
She became the first Indian celebrity to launch her own mobile app in collaboration with EscapeX.
Toronto-based filmmaker Dilip Mehta made a documentary on her that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Sunny doesn’t want this documentary to release in India.
She has to deal with internet trolls every day, and her mantra to tackle this is by blocking them.
Love her or hate her, Sunny Leone has proven her worth in Bollywood. Don’t you agree?