An Indo-Canadian porn star makes her Bollywood debut on Friday in what is expected to be one of India’s raunchiest mainstream movies, which is already raising eyebrows in the sexually conservative country.
Sunny Leone, born in Canada to Indian parents, plays a porn actress in the Hindi film “Jism 2” (Body 2) that opens in cinemas on Friday to much buzz, as well as controversy over its provocative posters and content.
The mayor of Mumbai, Sunil Prabhu, has ordered the removal of promotional posters from public buses in India’s entertainment capital after a local legislator complained the image used was obscene, the Press Trust of India reported.
The advertisement shows a naked woman reclining suggestively under a sheer, wet sheet, although the model is not 31-year-old Leone, who has no previous experience of mainstream cinema or theater.
Earlier in the week, protesters in northwest Amritsar burned an effigy of Leone in anger at the film’s alleged vulgarity, while a resident of the holy city of Varanasi has reportedly asked a court to put a stay order on the film.
Leone told entertainment channel Star World that she had had to adapt to the demands of mainstream cinema and its more sophisticated choreography, particularly for love scenes.
The award-winning porn star in the United States made her name in India in the reality television series Bigg Boss last year and declared her interest afterwards in taking on film roles.
Speaking to online portal Bollywood Hungama, she said her first Hindi production was “not frivolous cinema by any means”.