Sunny Leone objects to video clips used in her documentary

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Sunny Leone has not attended the premier of her film at Toronto festival.

Actress Sunny Leone is known for her daring roles in films but the latest report is that she is not happy with certain aspects of the tell-all documentary based on her life.

Mostly Sunny, made by Toronto-based photojournalist and filmmaker Dilip Mehta, had its world premiere at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), but Sunny chose to stay away from the event despite being in New York, only a few hours away even by road. 

“Days ahead of the premiere, she called me and demanded that I delete the stray topless clips that I have used from her adult films,” Mehta said.

“That is rather surprising coming from Sunny, who claims on camera that she does not give a damn about what people think of her past as an adult entertainer,” says the documentarian whose fiction debut, Cooking With Stella (2009), also premiered in TIFF.

“Sunny’s absence from TIFF has piqued everybody’s interest. I can understand why. Had she attended the premiere in a festival as big as this one, it would have only earned her a great deal of mileage,” he said.

On hindsight, says Mehta, it is just as well that Sunny Leone isn’t here. “The focus is now entirely on the film,” he added.

Mehta filmed Sunny over a period of two years in Canada, US, India, London and Malaysia.

The shoot for Mostly Sunny began “in Chandigarh of all places,” says the director when her film Jackpot bombed and the actress and her husband and business manager Daniel Weber were on the verge of packing up and returning to New York.

In the documentary, Sunny admits as much: “Jackpot sank like the Titanic, to the bottom of the ocean.”

“Bollywood offers dried up. But her luck turned in the nick of time with the Baby Doll number (in Ragini MMS 2).

She and her husband have since aggressively promoted the Sunny Leone brand and made much headway,” Mehta said. And that is essentially the improbable story that Mostly Sunny narrates in a refreshingly non-judgmental and entertaining way.

“There is absolutely nothing exploitative in the film,” he said. “If anything, Mostly Sunny paints a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman, who lived life on her own terms.”

Mostly Sunny charts the life of Sunny Leone, born Karenjit Kaur Vohra in Sarnia, Ontario (a two-hour drive from Toronto), from her childhood in a conservative Sikh family to her shift to Los Angeles, her emergence as one of the biggest adult movie stars in the world and her subsequent mainstream movie career breakthroughs in Mumbai.

Mostly Sunny, slated for worldwide release in December this year, will have its Asian premiere at Mumbai’s MAMI Film Festival in October.

Now, Sunny looks like a woman who is yearning to get her life together by building a reasonable career in Bollywood and, judging by the characters she has been getting in the recent past she is trying to get out of her ‘item’ image. She has participated in one of the most prestigious fashion shows in the world. This obviously happened as she is trying to build a film and modelling career in India. It is hard to imagine she would have got an opportunity like that if she lived in Canada or the US.

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Beiiman Love helmer Rajeev Chaudhury thinks the actress has enough talent to be a mainstream heroine.

If there is some reason why she has objected to Mehta using video clips which he describes as ‘stray topless clips’ may be because the director is using them without her permission.

May be she is trying to forget a past which she does not want to be reminded often. There may be reasons why a woman born into a deeply conservative Indian family went on to become one of the top porn stars in the word. And what is more surprising is people from a deeply conservative country seems to have accepted her and pay money to see her films and that is not all, Sunny Leone has become the most-searched Indian celebrity on Google. – CINEWS

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