What comes to your mind when I say, Sunny Leone? The raunchy item numbers of her in Bollywood films or any porn scene of her from her adult movies, right! Yeah, maybe! Sunny Leone was a known name to only those who watch porns before 2011. As after 2011, she became famous in the country by making a wild card entry in the TV’s biggest reality show Bigg Boss in its season 5. Common people of India got familiar with her because of her presence in the show. And guess what! The decision to participate in the Bigg Boss was the turning point of her life because after this she left the porn industry forever.
Ticket to Bollywood
But as they say, your past will always haunt you no matter how far you go! The same is the case with Sunny Leone. After stealing all the limelight while doing the show Bigg Boss. Sunny Leone got her first Bollywood film offer from none other than the ace director-producer Mahesh Bhatt. He cast her in the sequel to hit 2003 film Jism previously done by Bipasha Basu and John Abraham. The film named Jism 2, which was an erotic thriller film released in 2012. She was cast opposite Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh. However, the film was a flop show but it opened doors of Bollywood for Sunny Leone. And we are not talking in terms of acting but the boldness Sunny Leone delivered in the film.
Even before the release of the film, the film poster garnered much attention. It was a highly seductive poster and of course, why not because it was Sunny Leone in it! Sunny Leone signed her second Bollywood film, “Ragini MMS 2”. Ragini MMS, the sequel to Ekta Kapoor’s crossover horror movie Ragini MMS. Sunny Leone featured in an item number in the Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor’s 2013 film Shootout at Wadala. Therefore, since then she is quite active in the Bollywood films.
Who and where are Sunny Leone’s parents and siblings?
Did you know Sunny Leone is Punjabi? Yes, she was born as Karenjit Kaur Vohra on May 13, 1981, in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in a Sikh family. She was 11 years old when got shifted to the USA with family. Sunny’s father was an engineer and her mother was a housewife. She also has a brother whose name is Sandeep Singh Vohra and he is working as a chef in America. Her parents are not in this world now. Sunny lost her mother in 2008 and father to cancer in 2010. During an interview, when asked Sunny if there was something that she could erase what would that be, she said,
“I would want to erase my parent’s death and bring them back to life.”
Sharing an awkward incident of her teenage life, Sunny once confessed that she was caught by her father in an objectionable condition. She said that she got completely heartbroken during her teens when her family had shifted from Michigan to California. “We lived in Michigan for a year, there I was dating a hot guy. He was so good in love that he used to write a love letter to me every day” said, Sunny Leone. She went on to say that,
“Everything was going right. We kissed each other first time after watching Romeo-Juliet show. That was an amazing feeling. So when I was informed that we had to leave this place I got heartbroken. He played basketball, he was handsome and hot but my parents hated him. Once my father caught us red-handed while intimating, that was a very bad experience. Actually, once we were together in a huge hall where I was sitting on his lap. We were intimating, suddenly my father came and caught us. He scolded me. I got scared by seeing my father, it was a horrible incident of my life.”
How she became a pornstar?
She was 13 years old when she realized that she is bisexual. Sunny lost her virginity at the age of 16 while having the sex with the same boy her father caught her red-handed. She had no regrets about doing so. She wanted to do that and so she did. And it was in that same age of 16 she entered the porn industry. Her first sexual act was a lesbian performance. Her sexuality and frankness about personal life won the heart of the people. Before making a debut in porn industry Sunny had worked in a German bakery and Tax & Retirement firm. She also was studying to become a nurse. She started her career as a model. In fact, the surname ‘Leone’ was picked by Bob Guccione, former owner of Penthouse magazine. She posed for Penthouse magazine and was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for the March 2001 issue. After that, she was featured on many adult magazines like Hustler, High Society, Swank, AVN Online, Mystique Magazine, Leg World, Club International and Lowrider, while her online credits include ModFX Models, Suze Randall, Ken Marcus and Mac & Bumble.
In the year 2003, she signed a contract with Vivid entertainment and stepped into hardcore pornography world. At first, Sunny stated that she would only do lesbian scenes. Her first porn film was released in 2005 titled Sunny. In May 2007, Sunny agreed to perform for the first time with men on camera, but exclusively with her then fiancé, Matt Erikson, they later broke-up.
Sunny Leone’s parent’s reaction towards her career in porn industry
Sunny Leone’s parents were against her weird choice of career. They never wanted her to join the porn industry. But for her, it was just a business. When she was featured on the cover of the Penthouse magazine, the famous adult industry magazine, and won $100,000 she revealed her parents about the work she does. As usual, like normal parents, they got annoyed. Later, she convinced her parents.
Retirement from porn industry
The addiction of Bollywood can make anyone change their life plans and it proved true for Sunny Leone too. In 2011, being the contestant of Bigg Boss and the part of 2012 film Jism, Sunny decided to stay there and leave her previous work! In the year 2013, Sunny finally announced her retirement from the adult industry stating
“I am lucky that the audience is accepting me. I have come my way from there (porn industry). I don’t have any plans as of now to go back there.”
However, in an interview, she said that “Porn Star” tag will always be there with her name. As people won’t let her forget her past.
Marriage and love-affairs
After becoming a popular pornstar Leone got engaged to Matt Erikson. He was the vice-president of marketing at Playboy Enterprises but sadly they broke up in 2008. Then she moved on and soon found love in stand-up comedian Russell Peters, however, their relationship lasted for a short span. After working passionately in many of the sex films with co-star Daniel Weber, the couple decided to tie the knot and married each other on 20 January 2009.
However, they kept their marriage a secret for almost two years. After she became popular with Bigg Boss, at the start of 2011, during her stay in the house she revealed that she was married to Daniel Weber. Sunny Leone’s husband Daniel is also her business partner. The couple has also started a venture named SunLust Photographs in 2009. Sunny as a good life-partner involves her husband in her professional matters. She never signs films or other projects without Daniel’s approval and this shows how crucial his opinions are for her.
As Sunny Leone said Bye-Bye to the porn industry, her husband Daniel Weber also quit its. He is apparently a guitarist from Los Angeles, but now is the business manager for Sunny Leone. Daniel is very possessive but caring and loving also on the other hand. The couple has completed 9 years of successful marriage so far. Daniel Weber after witnessing some people’s not acceptable behavior towards her wife in an Indian society said that,
“In an Indian society, it is taboo to be in such a profession (adult films) but we love each other. I don’t have to deal with the tag of being a porn star or my wife being one. I own the production company and we share the best relationship. We are friends, business partners and together 24×7.”
Sunny Leone became a mother by adopting a baby girl
Like every other married couple, Sunny Leone and her husband decided to take their family goals to next level! So they decided to become parents. But they shocked everyone when they didn’t choose to become parents biologically and instead of it adopted a child. The couple adopted a baby girl Nisha Kaur Weber from Latur, Maharashtra in 2017 when she was only 21 months old. They stepped into parenthood and shocked the Bollywood industry.
Where many people on the social media from industry as well like Sherlyn Chopra congratulated the actress for beginning a new chapter in her life there existed those too who trolled her. People even said that she will let her child make a career in the porn industry as same as her.
The photos of their daughter Nisha Kaur sparked controversy on the social media. It all happened when the Central Adoption Resource Authority(CARA) violated the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act) by sharing a picture of Nisha on social media with ‘unpleasant and objectionable’ statements. The organization made some racist comments. The CEO of the organization through which Sunny adopted this baby while praising her, wrote on Twitter that:
“Without looking at color, background and health status, Sunny Leone happily took the child in adoption. We respect that they didn’t try to bend the rules and stood in the queue like all the other parents.”
A complaint has been filed against the organization by National Commission for Protection of Child’s Rights and Ministry of Child and Women Development.
Protests and Controversies
Sunny Leone is one of the most controversial persons in the nation. As in a country like us, it is not easy for a person who comes from a taboo career like adult industry and establishes himself/herself among stars. There are a huge number of controversies associated with her. However here we will highlight only a few of them. She suffered bans, protests, slut-shaming and abuse to its core.
- Recently Mukesh Bhatt while expressing his views on playing the National Anthem in the cinema halls is not mandatory said that playing the National Anthem before Sunny Leone’s film is its insult.
- Bigg Boss 10 controversial contestant Swami Om too took a dig at former porn star and said that anyone can touch Sunny Leone.
- A pro-Kannada group organization took out a march protesting against Sunny Leone’s performance in Bengaluru on New Year Eve. They even threatened to commit mass suicide.
- A ban was demanded on condom advertisements featuring actress Sunny Leone by Goa legislator, saying it ‘shame us’.
- The women’s wing of Republican Party of India (Athawale faction) organized a protest against her demanding for the ban of her condom ad.
- The critically acclaimed director Ram Gopal Verma slut-shamed Sunny Leone by tagging her in a misogynistic post.
- Noida Ponzi Scam: The photos of the actress went viral the accused Anubhav Mittal on the social media. Anubhav Mittal has been accused of swindling Rs. 3700 crore from 6.50 lakh investors. Noida police have also questioned Sunny Leone during the investigation of the case.
- Paras Chhabra Contestant of Splitsvilla 8, a reality show hosted by Sunny Leone, harassed her by rubbing her in a wrong way.
- Sensuous star Sunny Leone sued B-Grade filmmaker Kanti Shah who made film Main Sunny Leone Banna Chahti Hoon for affecting her dignity.
- CPI leader, Atul Kumar Anjan, insulted Sunny Leone by saying that a condom advertisement featuring the actress would lead to an increase in the incidences of rapes in the country.
- Actresses Rakhi Sawant and Celina Jaitley abused the actress and slut-shamed her.
- An FIR was registered against actress Sunny Leone, Google CEO and a Bollywood magazine in Ajmer city for allegedly spreading obscenity.
- Comedian Kapil Sharma refused to have Sunny on his show because of her past as an ‘adult star.’
- KRK insulted Sunny Leone a number of times on Twitter.
- Sunny had been offered a huge amount of money to perform a private dance in Dubai for wealthy Arab Sheikhs. She was to perform a cage dance on a private yacht in Dubai.
This is just a short-list from Sunny Leone’s account of controversies. She has been targeted by people, politicians, social groups, Bollywood celebrities commonly as often.
First Ever Wax Statue of a Pornstar on in India’s Madame Tussauds
After going through a million of struggles to become an actress from a porn star she somehow managed to grab her fine place. It was a moment of pride for her when India’s Madame Tussauds, Delhi decided to immortalize her with a wax figure. She will be seen soon standing along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi among other national and international icons at the recently opened Madame Tussauds Delhi.
Most searched person on the Google
In the year 2017, Sunny Leone topped the list of Google’s ‘Most Searched Indian Entertainers’. She often stays in the limelight thanks to her daring, sensuous and exposing personality.
Sunny as a badass woman
No doubt, she is amongst the most hated personality for most of the people in India for the work she has done previously. But the lady has proved that she is a badass woman and won’t stop no matter what people say. Even after being highly criticized, she dared to come out before the people. Today, she is extremely in demand for movies and advertisements. One of the participants of the MTV show Splitsvilla which is hosted by Sunny Leone has revealed that she is very professional, sweet, fun-loving and super active.