It’s Sunny Leone’s birthday today. It’s been 7 years and India’s obsession with her refuses to die down. As she turns 37, let’s recall the time when she caught the eye of superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.
Birthday Special: Sunny Leone and the Khans of Bollywood
It’s been 7 years since Sunny Leone appeared on our TV screens and set it on fire with her sultry pole dance on a remix of yesteryear classic Yeh Mera Deewanapan Hai. She soon transformed from porn star to a legit movie star with her first film Jism 2, opposite Randeep Hooda. Despite its flaws, the film worked at the box office and by then India was obsessed with her.
Sunny Leone is instrumental in changing the face of India in some sorts because, in a country where even kissing is considered a taboo, a pornstar being accepted by the general audience was a big deal.
Sunny broke the taboo, she broke new grounds. She never shied away from her past like and wore it like an armour. There were naysayers who would sneer at her but the diva went on to climb the stairs of stardom in Bollywood.
It was a matter of time, her third film Ragini MMS 2 released and she became a nationwide sensation. Her song Babydoll became the biggest chartbuster of the year. She successfully caught everyone’s fancy.
In no time, she found herself in the big league with biggest of Bollywood superstars looking forward to working with her. As she turns 37 today, let’s take a look at Sunny and her tryst with the Khans of Bollywood. Also read: Happy Birthday Sunny Leone! These pics are proof that Babydoll is too hot for us
It all started with Salman. When Sunny appeared on Bigg Boss 5, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan were the hosts of that season. Sharing screen space with the likes of two big stars was a win in itself. And also it’s easier for an audience to accept a certain someone when they see a big star endorsing that person. Bigg Boss with Salman Khan was that endorsement. And the major stepping stone for her.
Check out this teaser from one of the award functions:
Despite being a successful movie star, there were few who still saw Sunny as a mere porn star. In one of the interviews with a leading news channel, the way the veteran journalist treated Sunny and the kind of question were posed to her, were outright offending and disgusting. Trying to make her feel bad about her past, the journalist asked her if the big Khans will ever work with her. All Sunny could do was maintain her calm and sort of accepted that maybe they won’t work with her. The interview and the journalist received a lot of flak after it was aired with fans and general social media user coming out in support of Sunny. One among them was Aamir Khan. He not only applauded Sunny for her brave stance but also expressed his desire to work with her in a film.
Shah Rukh Khan
While Aamir publicly expressed the desire to work with Sunny, Shah Rukh went a step further and actually signed her for his much-awaited film Raees. The song Laila Main Laila became a rage and an instant chartbuster. Sunny and Shah Rukh together were a house on fire.
Check out the song below:
Apart from Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman, Sunny has also shared screen space with Akshay Kumar in Singh Is Bliing and featured in an Ajay Devgn starrer Baadhshaho, though they didn’t share any screen space.
Here’s wishing Sunny Leone a very Happy Birthday…