Anyone who is in love with Bollywood dance numbers knows Sunny Leone. The actress has managed to create an impactful niche for herself in a short span of time. From starting her career in the adult film industry to becoming Bollywood’s renowned celebrity, Sunny Leone has come a long way. We take a look at her journey before entering the showbiz world, her rise to fame, and her current happy life as a mother of three.
Sunny Leone Early Life
Born as Karenjit Kaur Vohra, Sunny was born into an Indian Punjabi family on May 13, 1981
in Ontario, Canada. Sunny Leone’s parents Jaspal Singh Vohra and Balwant Kaur Vohra died in
2010 and 2008 respectively. The actress also has a brother named Sundeep Vohra.
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Sunny Leone did her initial schooling in a Catholic school. She often self-describes herself
as a tomboy and an athletic person. Before joining the porn industry, Sunny worked at a German bakery and later at a tax and retirement firm. She was also studying to become a nurse. She is said to discover her bisexuality at the age of 18.
Life as an Adult Star
Her entry into the porn industry began in the year 2002-03. Sunny has won many awards for her feature in porn films. Started from being named Penthouse Pet of the Year to winning an AVN Award for Best Interactive DVD, she has achieved it all. Her first contract with Vivid Entertainment stated exclusive filming with her then-fiance Matt Erikson in 2007. However, in 2009, she began releasing films with other male actors under the title Sunny B/G Adventure. In the same year, she began performing exclusively with Ariel King aka her current husband DanielWeber.
In one of her interviews, Sunny Leone revealed that 80% of traffic on her website and 60% of her revenue comes from India. She was also voted number 13 from 41 on Genesis magazine’s “Top 100 Porn stars” list. In 2010, she was named as one of the 12 top female stars in porn by Maxim. However, in 2013, she announced her retirement from the adult industry to pursue an acting career in Bollywood. In her statement, she said, “I am lucky that the audience is accepting me. I have come my way from there (porn industry). I don’t have any plans as of now to go back there.”
Sunny Leone in Bollywood
After leaving the adult industry for good, Sunny participated in Indian reality show Bigg Boss 5 in 2011. While her entry in the show boosted its TRP, Sunny was approached by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt for a lead role in Jism 2. Her brief stint at the Bigg Boss house earned her one of the top spots in the show with her Twitter feed gaining 8,000 new followers in just 2 days.
In 2012, she made her Bollywood debut with Jism 2 which was a commercial blockbuster. Sunny went on to Sign her second Bollywood film Ragini MMS 2 which became a Box-office hit and since then there has been no looking back for her. Sunny Leone is also attributed to dance in some of the biggest chartbusters in Bollywood. From Pink Lips, Shake That Booty, Laila, Baby Doll, the actress is currently the most sought after dancers in the country.
South Indian Film Career and Activism
Sunny has also acted in Telugu and Kannada films like Curren Theega and DK respectively. The actress has always managed to grab eyeballs wherever she goes. While her acting is often criticized by viewers, she has managed to give some of the biggest Bollywood hits in her career. In 2018, Network 7 Media Group jury voted her as “Indian Affairs Actress of the Year.”
In July 2018, Sunny stared in her auto biopic titled Karenjit Kaur-The Untold Story of Sunny Leone,
an original web series by ZEE5. The series explores her journey from a middle-class girl in Canada to becoming India’s most googled celebrity.
Current Life as a mother of Three
Sunny Leone married actor, guitarist, and business manager Daniel Weber in 2011. In 2018, Leone and husband adopted their first child a baby whom they named Nisha Kaur Weber. On March 4, 2018, the couple announced the birth of their twin boys born through surrogacy named Asher and Noah Singh Weber. The family is currently in Los Angeles, California due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sunny Leone is one of the most talented and successful actors in Bollywood. She is proof enough that hard work and perseverance can take a person a long way in achieving their dreams.
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