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The first time I saw a porn film, I was like, 'Oh my God! What is this?' I hurriedly kept the DVD back from where I had found it, glad not to have got caught," reveals Sunny Leone how as a snoopy teenager she chanced upon a porn DVD in the closet of her conservative Sikh home in Canada.
The next time she watched porn was at the age of 19.
She narrates her experience, "It was interesting with young people, all inside a house playing games and running around naked.
It was cool!"n nThe global porn star has now veered to desi shores.
Sunny, who dislikes being called a 'star', is working in Pooja Bhatt's controversial directorial venture — the sequel of Jism.
"Who are you to call yourself a star? I'm an entertainer," she retorts.
Her verve can be traced to her upbringing, which encouraged her to be self-reliant.
"I'm a Taurean.
If you try to push me into a corner, I'll charge towards you! My parents raised me to be independent and never count on anyone."n nHaving modeled till 2007 for Penthouse, she acquired a certain ease with her body.
That's when an 'agent' contacted her to work in porn films.
"I was like holy smokes! As a teenager if you're offered so much money, you tend to get attracted." Though the work was a challenge, she eventually felt it was easier to feature in lesbian films 'rather than have sex with some random dude'.
Changing her name from Karen Malhotra to Sunny Leone was a conscious decision, rather a precautionary one.
"In the adult industry, your safety comes first.
Sex does evoke an intense emotion and you may have a crazy fan on your door.
'Sunny' sounded a lot more fun.
It's an Indian nickname and Bob Guccione (ex-editor of Penthouse magazine) added the Italian surname Leone because he's Italian."n nIncidentally, she runs a company called Sun-Lust Pictures (where she creates her own brand of adult movies) with porn actor/ business partner/ husband Daniel Weber.
Her website, launched since 2001, boasts of 150,000 hits a day.
It's been only a year since she married Daniel.
"It may be hard to believe but ours is a conservative relationship.
Because my husband and I are the adult industry duo, people imagine it must be like a giant orgy at home but it's not.
We don't have any adult material at home.
You walk in and you'll never know what we do for a living.
Also, I only work with my husband, which makes a huge difference.
Because at the end of the day no man or woman would want his spouse to have sex with someone else.
That's human nature.
Unless you're a swinger couple." So is lovemaking still an emotional experience? "Of course! I 'love' on camera.
When you love what you do, selling your product becomes easy."n nThe offer to participate in Bigg Boss 5 came as a surprise.
"When my husband told me about it my reaction was, 'Are you out of your mind? Do you remember what I do for my living? They will hate me!' I was also worried about my safety." But she made her way in and out of it rather safely.
And guess what? Sunny is fascinated by the Hindi film industry.
"Bollywood has some of the most beautiful women in the world.
There are quite a few Miss Worlds and Miss Universes here.
God just carved them out perfect.
I'd be star struck if I were to meet Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra," she gushes.