By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 22, Nov 2011, 19:57 pm IST | UPDATED: 22, Nov 2011, 20:02 pm IST
Mumbai: Adult movie star Sunny Leone, the newest and perhaps, um, 'sexiest' entrant to the " Bigg Boss" house, says that 'porn star' doesn't automatically mean 'prostitute'. The curvy babe, originally Karen Malhotra, born to Indian parents, took the US adult entertainment industry by storm, but never planned to become a porn star. But the money was just too good, she says.
"My parents, who are originally from Punjab, were completely shocked when they found out I was in the adult entertainment industry. Their reaction was what I expected, and I was prepared for it. When my father realized what I did, he said, 'You didn't even ask us before you did this! But whatever you do, make sure you do it well.'
My mother was also stunned when she found about my lesbian lovemaking videos, but she accepted it. And the fact that my work didn't change me as a person worked in my favour. My parents soon realized it and respected me for who I am and my decisions. So there was never any question of being disowned by my family," she says. Have her parents seen any of her hardcore adult videos? "Of course not! Whose parents would do that?" she asks.
Sunny says it's ignorance that makes people equate adult stars with prostitutes. "I think India doesn't have an adult entertainment industry - that's why people have no idea what it is. I ran a company that took care of the deals I sealed with firms to sell and share my content online and to other media. Running a company was hard work. I'd work for about 60-70 hours a week. It wasn't a party. I have only one partner. So that way, I'm very restrained in the real world," she says.
Isn't it true that she lost her virginity when she was 16? "Yes. The guy played basketball in high school. He was as old as me. We just liked each other. Losing my virginity at 16 was just about making a choice that I wanted to make at that age. Since my parents have lived away from India for many years, their thought process is different. They've always let me take my own decisions. I don't regret anything that I've done so far. I have no regrets about who I am. I have a nice life, great family, great friends and make a good living," she says.
Sunny says participating in "Bigg Boss" will make people realize she isn't the cliched 'adult star'. "I grew up in a regular Indian household; I've been taught to be a good person. I want Indian people to know that. And I've always been interested in Bollywood, so with this show, I might get good roles in Hindi films," she says.
Now that she's in India, will she also visit relatives in Delhi? "I last came to Delhi this year in February. I'd like to come back soon. But I wasn't born here, like it says online - I was born in Canada," she says.