There is an aura about Sunny Leone that is hard to define. Since her debut on Indian television, Sunny has created a nationwide frenzy like no other actress has. Needless to say, much of this is attributed to the fact that Sunny is among the few people of Indian origin who has made a big name for herself in the world of adult entertainment. When Mahesh Bhatt signed her for Jism 2, her popularity in India soared. Bollywood Hungama’s Nikhil Ramsubramaniam chatted to the rising star…

When you signed on for Jism 2, did you expect the kind of euphoria your big screen debut would create in India?

No, I had no idea it would be this big. This is a nice surprise for me. I just hope everybody likes the movie as much as they have loved the promos and the songs.

Did you receive any film offers before Jism 2?

I did get a few around the same time I was offered Jism 2 by Bhatt saab. But finally I decided to pick this one as my Bollywood debut.

What was it about Jism 2 that made you say “yes”?

I genuinely liked what Bhatt saab and Pooja had envisioned for this project.

Have you seen the John Abraham-Bipasha Basu film Jism?

Yes, I have. I loved that movie and thought it was really good. I watched it as a part of my research for Jism 2.

In Jism 2 you play porn star Izna. Is it a case of reel imitating real? How similar is Izna to you?

Izna is a fictional character. They have used her as a porn star in the film, but Izna is a completely different person to who I am.

Jism 2 is high on erotic content. You have been an adult star, so was it easier for you to perform such scenes with your co-star?

Just like any other Bollywood movie, the romantic scenes were also all choreographed. So everything had to be done in a certain way, with a certain camera angle etc. It wasn’t necessarily uncomfortable, but it just took a lot longer to shoot.

Your lines have, of course, been dubbed, but how comfortable are you with Hindi as a language in general?

I just did an interview in Hindi and I think it was horrible. But while shooting Jism 2, I knew my lines in Hindi, as I knew the script thoroughly.

What was it like working with Pooja Bhatt?

We had a great time. Pooja is very diligent and has worked really hard on this movie. She paid attention to every detail, knowing she wants her actors to look the best in every single frame.

You look in fab shape in the promos. Did you work extra hard to look your best?

It wasn’t as if I got in shape for this particular character. As this is my first film, I really wanted to be my fittest, which I think any girl would want to do. Any girl would want to look the best on screen in her debut film, and when you look good and feel good about yourself, it shows in your self-esteem and confidence level as an actress.

Did you enjoy working with co-stars Randeep and Arunoday?

They’re good fun, though Randeep is very serious. He is in character almost all the time. He has worked really hard on this movie playing my ex-lover. Arunoday is always joking around. The three of us bonded as a team. We used to shoot a serious scene and once it was done, we’d end up cracking jokes and having a lot of fun.

While growing up, did you watch a lot of Bollywood films?

I’ve spent half my life in Canada and half in Los Angeles. I’ve watched Bollywood films since my childhood. In fact, my whole family used to sit together and watch Bollywood films. Even now I watch a lot of Hindi movies.

Who are some of your favourite B-town actors and actresses?

I love Aishwarya Rai,she is gorgeous. I also like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone,they are quite stunning.

And what about the actors, who do you think is the hottest hunk in Bollywood?

I think Hrithik Roshan is really cute and so is John Abraham. Salman Khan is always cute.

What are the qualities that attract you in a guy?

I look at their personality and how they treat women. I am an old-school romantic so I like guys who open the door of the car for their women, take them out for romantic dinners, give them flowers etc. Basically I like someone who can keep up with me.

You are a well-known name in the adult entertainment industry. When you started out in that field, did you feel apprehensive?

At the time I made the decision to model for Penthouse magazine, I didn’t really give much thought to what the world would think. I just did what I wanted to.

What are your expectations from Jism 2? Do you think India is ready for a bold film like this?

I just hope people will like the story and enjoy watching it. The film has an A certificate so it’s obviously for Adults Only. But it’s not as bold as you think it is.