First, because of Splitsvilla, and later for the film Leela, Sunny Leone spent a couple of months shooting in Rajasthan at a stretch recently.
And while the heat didn’t make it any easier, Sunny says she loved it here. “It was the first time I got to see such beautiful places and palaces since I’ve come to India. Even though we were working all the time, this is the first time I felt a little bit like a tourist while shooting, because I was in such a beautiful place with so much historical significance. I loved it. It was very, very hot, and we were in the sun all the time, but I drank a lot of water, and we were fine,” she says.
While shooting for Splitsvilla in Samode Palace, Sunny met many young fans every day. She says, “Shooting in Samode Palace, I got to meet so many people from the surrounding villages, especially children, and they were all very sweet. They would hang out all day on the sets, just watching. They were very respectful of our shooting areas, so they would watch from a distance. They made it really easy for us to continue shooting without any issues. Even in Jodhpur, where I was shooting for Leela, people were just as nice.” But despite spending so much time in Rajasthan, Sunny, who’s a fitness freak, didn’t taste any of the local cuisine. “I am such a health fanatic that every day I eat pretty much the same thing on the sets, which is chicken and vegetables. It’s no fun, very boring,” she says. The actress might return to the state for Leela, but nothing is certain yet. She explains, “I’m not sure, because as of now Leela is done. Later, we might come back for some patchwork. I’m not sure if the makers would want to reshoot something. People will be visually stunned by this movie, just because of the outdoor shots in Jodhpur, and all the other places in Rajasthan we were in. They were unbelievably beautiful.”
Sunny’s completed almost three years in Bollywood, and says she’s happy with the way things are going. “I am busy, I have lots of work. I have the next at least two years booked, which I’m very excited about,” One of those projects is Mastizaade, which is an adult comedy, and Sunny brushes aside any mental block people might have with her being part of it. She says, “Everybody has their own opinion of what I should and shouldn’t do, which I appreciate, that they care so much and they want to tell me how they feel I should take my career forward. I want to work with good people, I want to work on scripts I like, and I want to have a great time on set. That is something I learned over the last two years – to be extremely picky about the environment on set. That is the most important thing for me while shooting. If somebody doesn’t want to watch this movie, there’s going to be another one they can watch. There are so many movies that I’m doing that if they don’t like the idea of Mastizaade, there’s Leela that they can watch and it’s just so vastly different from one to the other, because my goal next year when these films release is that I want people to see a diversity in what I can do.