Bollywood actor Sunny Leone, who happens to be the most Googled person in India, was recently subjected to a rather humiliating interview with CNN-IBN journalist Bhupendra Chaubey, who was, it seemed, on a mission to put her on the spot.
In the cringe-worthy interview, the Indian journalist repeatedly asked Sunny – who previously worked as a porn star in Canada -- questions pertaining to her past life and profession, and did not hold back in the blatant display of male privilege.
Despite the actor insisting that negative comments don't affect her, he was persistent, making her visibly uncomfortable during the course of the 20-minute interview.
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He pointed out that a number of mainstream Bollywood stars did not want to be associated with the actor and that many politicians "blame her for the rising consumption of porn in India".
Sunny, however, maintained her cool – even though she was not at at ease - and answered all questions with dignity and grace.
When asked about her past, she said she has no regrets because all decisions she made led her to where she is now.
Chaubey began the interview asking her if she had any regrets whether person or profession, to which Sunny replied she regretted not reaching home in time when her mother passed away but nothing professionally, although she had made some mistakes in the past.
Instead of touching upon the loss of her mother – a fact many fans probably were not aware of - the interviewer proceeded to ask: “What mistakes?”
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The interviewer also asked her if she thought Aamir Khan would want to work with her, to which Sunny replied, "Probably not!" He then went on to ask whether she would like to work with Aamir, to which her reply was, "Of course! Who wouldn't?"
He proceeded to press the matter further as to why a B-Town superstar would refuse to work with an ex-pornstar, but Sunny was undeterred by his offensive questions and calmly said, "I am still going to be an Aamir fan. I'm still going to watch all his movies."
Here's the full interview:
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Following the interview, Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter to offer support to Sunny:
She, in turn, thanked him and admitted she was far from comfortable during the interview:
Even Alia Bhatt and Dia Mirzi tweeted disapproval of the journalist's conduct:
That was literally NOT an interview.. Just hyper opinionated statements with a question mark at the end!!! No Grace? Chivalry? Ridiculous!— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) January 19, 2016
Many others also condemned the unprofessional attitude and praised Sunny for maintaining composure:
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