Given Sunny Leone’s day job (for anyone who’s been living under a rock: she’s a porn star), one would think that her Bollywood inspirations would be somewhat on the racy side. Bipasha Basu perhaps? Or maybe Mallika Sherawat? It might surprise fans to learn that the Jism 2 actress has far more traditional tastes in actressesÂ—in fact, she adores Aishwarya Rai!
Every single foreign actor who comes to Bombay to work gets asked which Bollywood star they love most. And like clockwork, they almost all say Aishwarya. Why? Because they’re ignorant, that’s why. So few western actors have any clue about Indian cinema that they reach for the only Indian actor they’ve ever heard of, and for most, Aish fits that description.
That’s not to say Aishwarya isn’t a great actress (she can be downright phenomenal at times). It’s just that she’s one of the few B-town actors who has international recognition. So it’s almost expected that someone like Sunny Leone might have her name on their lips when the inevitable question comes.
But hold on! Sunny Leone isn’t just any foreigner. She’s a desi girl! As she says in her latest interview, she grew up watching Bollywood with her family. So Aishwarya’s name isn’t one she pulled out of thin airÂ—Sunny knows what she’s talking about. According to her, Aishwarya is “gorgeous,” as are Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. High praise indeed from an equally beautiful actress!
It’s only natural that Sunny would find Aishwarya gorgeous; after all, the Bachchan bahu isn’t known as “the most beautiful woman in the world” for nothing. But Sunny probably didn’t look to her for inspiration for her Bollywood debutÂ—Jism 2 is a raunchy erotic thriller. Quite the opposite sort of film from Aishwarya’s usual elegant roles. And unless Aishwarya’s much-anticipated comeback takes a turn toward blue films, it’s unlikely she’ll be looking to Sunny for any kind of inspiration!
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