Sunny Leone – From Porn, Bollywood, a Book, and Now a Documentary Mostly Sunny

Sunny Leone - From Porn, Bollywood, a Book, and Now a Documentary Mostly Sunny

Sunny Leone – From Porn, Bollywood, a Book, and Now a Documentary Mostly Sunny

Mostly Sunny, a documentary film directed by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Dilip Mehta, will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

In an interview, Mehta said he was initially hesitant when approached by a Canadian producer to helm the project about someone who was “the fourth year running the most Googled celebrity in India”. But a visit to India and meeting with Leone changed his mind.

” Didn’t really know what Sunny was about, till I… met up with her and I said I’ll do this under one condition – it’s a warts and all film, so there’s no holding back because otherwise it’s pointless. And she said that she also wanted to have a precise attitude to it, it was not going to be a fluff piece on Sunny Leone, the emerging actor”, said Dilip Mehta.

Shooting with her was “amazing”, Mehta added.

“Mostly Sunny” looks at Leone’s life right from her childhood as the daughter of strict Sikh parents in the Canadian small town of Sarnia, nearly 300 kilometres from Toronto, to her racy career path and remarkable transition to the Indian film industry. It doesn’t shy away from her personal relationships, with her parents, and her husband Daniel Weber.

For Mehta, the project was also an opportunity to explore changing Indian attitudes and mores, illustrated by its audience’s acceptance of a former porn actress in mainstream entertainment. As Piers Handling, the Director and CEO of TIFF, said ” think it gives you a sense of the new India, actually. Dilip’s film makes some very interesting points about how the English influence, Victorianism, kind of pervaded Indian society but wasn’t actually part of their culture, so this is kind of an interesting return to maybe India’s natural attitude towards sex and sexuality”.

Gravestock went on to say that, “Ironically, I think that people have been more welcoming within India than have been outside, or in Sarnia where she grew up.”
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