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Shedding her image as an actress from the adult entertainment industry, Sunny Leone, after release of 'Ragini MMS 2', tells Screen why she is keen on experimenting with different genres:
Q. 1 What was it that compelled you to join the adult entertainment industry?
No one pushed me into this. A local agent, back home, approached me and as a teenager, it all looked so cool. Having enough money to spend, without asking your parents for it and spending it on all things nice is a dream come true for any teen. I did have fun and honestly, I have no regrets about it.
Q. 2 Before coming here, what was your perception about the adult film industry in India?
The only thing I knew was that India has one of the largest red light districts in the world. I have never been there and I didn’t have any perceptions about it. I had absolutely no clue about the adult industry here, nor did I bother to know about it since the priority for me was to establish myself as a film actress. I didn’t want to go through the same old drill again.
Q. 3 You had once mentioned that the adult entertainers in America are much respected as a genre, as compared to India. Do you still stand by that statement?
I don’t want to compare the two industries now, because that issue is not important anymore. But I always stand by the statements made by me. Adult entertainers are looked at differently here and so anything beyond that will make things very controversial (laughs).
Q. 4 Is there a conscious effort to avoid doing adult films and concentrate on something different?
Of course! Who wants to stick around doing the same thing? I want to make my mark as an actress in the industry and do good projects.
Q. 5 So is it true that you are not comfortable any longer with adult entertainment as a genre?
To be honest, it was a part of my past, so I don’t want my past to spring up again and again. I want the industry to recognise my acting potential and know that I can do a lot more than just dance on songs with seductive moves.
I don’t want to restrict myself to a specific genre, because I have always been excited about experimenting.