Sunny Leone‘s interview with CNN IBN’s Bhupendra Chaubey has been the most viral video for the last few days for all the wrong reasons.
The interviewer Bhupendra Chaubey was hell-bent on making Sunny Leone confess that her choice of career of a porn-star was a big mistake on her part and he decided to go to any extent to hear this out from her. But the ever graceful Sunny came out proud and kept her calm throughout the rather demeaning interview.
Here are some of the most insulting and sexiest questions he asked her-
Q: Tell me one thing you regret. One thing you believe went wrong for you.
A: I regret not being able to get home fast enough when my mother passed away.
Like you, I was also a little touched by her answer but not the interviewer. He kept on doing his dirty work.
Q: Kapil Sharma had, at one point, not felt comfortable shooting with you because he thought he had family audiences and Sunny Leone really didn’t fit into the description of family audience. Is this true?
A: I have no idea because I’ve been on his show multiple times. I’m happy that I got a chance to be a part of his show. I’m sure if he had an issue that- *interruption by him* That he would have raised it with you, perhaps. – that I wouldn’t have been on his show multiple times.
Q: The director of Ek Paheli Leela said that he went to a lot of big stars to perform with you and they didn’t want to. Did that make you feel bad? While the commercial value of your work certainly seems to be doing quite well, but there is a lot of resistance and inhibitions about you. How do you deal with that?
A: I actually don’t care about anybody else’s inhibitions or what they’re insecure with, if they want to work with me or not. It actually doesn’t affect me at all. I work every single day and I’m very happy for that.
Q: You think an Aamir Khan would ever work with you?
A: Probably not.
A: Because of my background.
Q: Would you want to work with Aamir Khan?
A: Of course, who wouldn’t?
Q: So you would want to work with Aamir, but Aamir would never want to work with you?
A: I don’t know, you’d have to ask him that!
Q: How would this reflect on you, then?
A: It doesn’t affect me. I’d still be an Aamir fan. I’m still going to watch all his movies.
Q: Do you not sometimes get affected by the fact that your past – your past that you were this porn queen – will continue to haunt you? Or maybe continue to pull you back?
A: But maybe you’re the only person that… It’s the press and the media that says ‘hold back’ or ‘haunt’. I’ve never said haunt, I’ve never said held back. I’m not held back.
Q: Is your past now literally, figuratively, in every way – a thing of the past now? Is that something you think about? Let me put it this way, if I was to turn the clock back – would you still do what you did?
A: One hundred percent.
Q: Many Indian married women who look at Sunny Leone as a threat towards their husbands. They believe that their husbands are going to be taken away by Sunny Leone.
A: Sorry, I don’t want your husband at all. I have my own. I love him, he’s hot, he’s sexy, he’s very smart, he’s very talented. Sorry ladies, I don’t want your husband.
Q: People believe that you’re actually not an actor, that you’re still not an actor. Some are accusing you of literally lowering the level of the fine art of cinema. You believe that? Is that a just criticism?
A: Uh… again, the thing is that whatever somebody’s opinion is about me, I actually don’t care. Because I’m working everyday. I have three movie releases this year—
Q: So what is this about Sunny? Is this just about money?
A: This is not just about money–
Q: Ultimately, this is about money.
A: This is about something I’ve always wanted to do. and when you work, just like you’re paid to sit to talk to me, I am paid to sit to talk to you. And that’s just how it works. At the end of the day, it is business. We all work because we want to feed our families. But when you’re in the art of cinema, there has to be a passion there and that passion’s always been there.
Q: Do you look at yourself as an artist?
A: I look at myself as an entertainer.
Q: You’re an entertainer. You know in typical Bollywood terms, you’re an item girl. Are you an item girl?
A: I don’t see myself as anybody, just a girl who wants to work.
Q: I’m wondering whether I’m being morally corrupted because I’m interview you.
A: I can leave if you want me to.
Q: This talk, which is largely negative, which takes place against you, you love it, right?
A: Really, this is negative? I couldn’t tell.
You can watch the full interview here-
If this excruciating interview didn’t make you a fan of Sunny Leone for handling herself so well, then I don’t know what will.
The best part of this debacle is that all of Bollywood came out in support of Sunny. Even Aamir Khan took it on himself to answer Chaubey’s question. This is what he wrote on his Facebook Page-
When Sunny saw this, her joy had no limits. She tweeted this in response to Aamir’s post-
I think my heart just dropped seeing this!! Thank you so much for the support. It means the world and beyond to me! https://t.co/ayZmahPcIr
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) January 20, 2016
People like Bhupendra Chaubey make me realize how cheap journalism can hurt a lot of sentiments, but people like Aamir Khan always make it better.
All’s well that ends well!