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“I don’t know what my legacy will be,” says porn star turned Bollywood starlet Sunny Leone near the end of Dilip Mehta’s documentary Mostly Sunny. Leone acknowledges that her greatest strength isn’t acting, isn’t dancing – it is, as she bluntly puts it, the ability to “turn a quarter into a dollar.”
Leone is a subject that seems perfectly tailor-made for a documentary about her transition and acceptance – even if that acceptance is frequently grudging – by the Bollywood film fraternity.
Leone’s public persona is documented and well-known. Mehta sets the facts out for us, facts that pretty much anyone with a passing familiarity with Leone knows: that she’s the most searched Indian personality on YouTube; that Osama bin Laden was obsessed with her. “Who doesn’t know Sunny Leone?”, giggles taxi driver Gurpeet Singh Bawa in the films opening moments.
The frustration, of course, is »
- Katherine Matthews
Filmmaker Dilip Mehta’s documentary Mostly Sunny is the unbelievable but true story of Sunny Leone — a small town Ontario girl who ran away to Hollywood, became a leading porn star and then morphed that notoriety into a major career as a Bollywood actress. As a result, Leone is the most Googled celebrity in India. It was a remarkable double reinvention for a tiny powerhouse born Karenjit Kaur Vohra in a conservative Sikh Punjabi home in Sarnia, Ontario. We spoke with Mehta in Toronto about what happened after the film was made, the pains of reinvention and his experiences working...read more »
- Anne Brodie
Adult film actress Sunny Leone, a.k.a Karenjit Kaur Vohra, has more than 100 million fans, over 20 million followers on social media, and is India’s most Googled celebrity. But the new documentary “Mostly Sunny” chronicles Leone’s journey from a Canadian-born, American bred adult film actress into one of Bollywood’s biggest stars. The film exposes the conflict between traditional cultural values held by immigrant parents and the lifestyle choices made by their children within the influence of Western society. Determined to succeed as a mainstream actress, Sunny is unapologetic as she challenges the modern notions of independence, celebrity and feminism while forcing India to confront its paradoxical relationship with sex. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
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