I Plan To Work My Butt Off In 2021, I Like My Job, Making Money From It: Sunny Leone

In an exclusive and candid conversation with Gourav Sharma, Assistant Editor, Sunny Leone talks about 2020, as she looks ahead brightly.

2020 was arguably the worst year of our lives. How do you look back on the year?

I think looking back, people of my generation will never forget this year. People were struggling financially and emotionally throughout this year. They still are. We don’t know what lies ahead. Emotions were heightened as people were locked down together. We don’t know what the world will be like once things get back to normal. 2020 was one of the most difficult years for anyone who has lived through the year.

What is your takeaway from this traumatic year?

My takeaway? Ah…I am not really sure. I guess  it is the art  of survival. If we could get through this year then any  other future hurdles, traumas  and tragedies would be easy to  face. Emotionally and financially no year could be more challenging than this. The small  businesses are especially vulnerable right now. Let’s  pray for their survival.

The OTT platform has changed the profile of the Hindi film audience. What is your take on cinema versus the digital platform?

I don’t think cinema is ever going to be the same again. The digital platform has made sure  of that in 2020. We have all restructured and acclimatized our brains and lives to watch content digitally, and we enjoy it that way. I’ve no idea  what will happen to the movie theatres. I  hope they get back  on their feet. But I don’t think movie theatres will  ever be the same.

What  films did you watch this year?

I consumed a lot of digital shows. I didn’t watch too many films, actually.  I was  in  US most of  the time so I  watched  a lot   of  American shows. I am right  watching Netflix’s Queen Of  The   South.

Irrfan, Rishi Kapoor, Sushant… your thoughts on their abrupt departure?

Yes so many valuable lives lost. I think there’s one force that decides life and death. I believe  in God. I believe he chooses when we live and when we die. When we flounder and when we thrive. I personally didn’t know these great actors. So I cannot feel for them them way their friends and family can. But I hope they are at peace wherever  they are.

There were some ugly run-ins on the social media which you handled with aplomb. What is your take on the toxicity on social media?  

Toxicity  on social medium is here to stay. During this lockdown, yes, I had some run-ins that were not nice. But during this  lockdown a lot  of people from the entertainment industry had to face a  lot more negativity that  I did. I  got a lot  of  this  hatred  when I first came to Bollywood. With time I pushed past it.  I don’t think toxicity on social media will ever  go away. I had never before seen such a large community of haters before.

What  is your advice  to the trauma  of  the trolled?

My  advice is to push past the hatred. Don’t stop doing what  you are  doing. Keep posting fun things about who  you are and  what  you love to do. Don’t read the comments. The haters  will soon  find another  target. So don’t let it get to you. Some of us  have opted out of social  media. My  advice to  them is , come back, guys. I want to see  your pictures of the fun things that you do. Don’t let the .05  percent  of haters spoil the  fun.

Your plans  for  2021?

My plan is to work  my butt  off and make up for lost time. To make  up for  my lost opportunities.  I do have a job and I  like  it and I like making money from  it, just like you do. I hope to get back  to work fully  in 2021. I also hope to spend as much time as possible  with my family. I have severe anxiety bouts about being separated from them.


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