Watch how Sunny Leone calmly shuts down Indian journalist attempting to shame her

Published: January 19, 2016
Actor receives support from Rishi Kapoor and other Bollywood celebs for her decorum during interview. PHOTO: ALLISWALL

Actor receives support from Rishi Kapoor and other Bollywood celebs for her decorum during interview. PHOTO: ALLISWALL

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:

Many others also condemned the unprofessional attitude and praised Sunny for maintaining composure:

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Parvez
    Jan 19, 2016 - 3:44PM

    +1 to Sunny Leone …. – 5 to the creepy journalist.Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2016 - 4:16PM

    Dignity and grace? ET some people sacrifice their lives for these things and you associate these words to ex pornstar? Recommend

  • harkol
    Jan 19, 2016 - 4:35PM

    Bhupendra Chaubey represents the worst of the Male Patriarchal moralist attitudes that is so common in Asia.

    He must wonder about this – if a large section of Indians have no problem accepting Sunny, most of those not even from the ‘elite’ class, what does it say about him!

    For all the moralizing and trying to demean she does an honest & legal living. You may or may not approve of it, but you have no right to demean it. Her past (or present) are way better than the paid journalism & corrupt politics.Recommend

  • An Artist
    Jan 19, 2016 - 4:42PM

    I have known Sunny Leone because of her background like others, but this interview has certainly changed my views about her. She is not only attractive, but has a beautiful personality. The creepy journalist has gone to the lowest level ever in a bid to justify his position and increase the viewership.

    Great Respect for Sunny Leone!Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 19, 2016 - 5:24PM

    Don’t blame only the Journalist. The whole group is responsible for the act represented by the mediocre Anchor.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 19, 2016 - 7:19PM

    Sunny you have our full support.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 19, 2016 - 7:29PM

    The man interviewing her is a disgrace. Looking at this interview one must seriously question his motives for asking those questions. We are all quite aware of these Barkha Dutt types all across the Indian journalistic world.Recommend

  • siraj Rizvi
    Jan 19, 2016 - 9:24PM

    After this interview I have seen the other side of sunny leone, she is amazing person.
    i have more respect for her. Please stop judging the past and look at the person she is now.


  • genesis
    Jan 19, 2016 - 10:04PM

    It is so easy being a women to be subjected to this vilification and microscopic examination The interviewer probably needs a proctoscopic examination to put him right!Recommend

  • runcotvs
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:03AM

    Thank you for pointing this, ET.

    10 out of 10 for Ms. Leone
    Sorry, at this time, we are unable to rate jerks.

    See the jerk’s response here: (read the comment by Runctotvs)Recommend

  • Meet
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:18AM

    How the journalist wife allowed to take interview of Sunny.. If his wife is not scared who is directly confronting Sunny then how Sunny can be threat to other wives for their husband.
    Totally rubbish.Recommend

  • stevenson
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:37AM

    @Sandip: I also feel that Sunny Leone conducted herself with grace and poise. It’s not for me or the interviewer to judge her past. Who are we or anyone to judge her past, porn star or not. She is perhaps more honest and upright that millions of supposedly religious god fearing types who cheat, lie and do all manner of mischief. She comes across as a straight forward Canadian Sikh woman who owns her life and makes her decisions as she sees fit. Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:06AM

    The questions were legitimate and he asked what needs to be asked and she answered them gracefully. I wonder why people criticize the interviewer. She is at this seat because of her past so these questions have to be faced and asked. Recommend

  • Mehmood
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:49AM

    What a creepy guy he is! Sunny has my vote for her maturity and patience.Recommend

  • Sane Khan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 6:19AM

    She was good at what she did in the past and good at what she did with the sleazy journalist.Recommend

  • Saleem Malik
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:03AM

    All respect for Sunny Leone, who kept her calm to extremely offensive questions from a very nasty jounalist, Bhupendera. It was a great show as far as the role of Sunny Leone is concderened. I plan to use this video in my training sessions. It would help us learning how to respond positively to negative questions. Sunny Leone has a great future and religious bigots like Bhupendra would be sitting on hotplate forever.Recommend

  • omar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:07AM

    not just the journalist, its CNN fault too, maintain some decency standards, engage some quality journalists.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:35PM

    After this interview I feel there is more to her than just being an ex-porn star. I have no problem with her being an ex porn star. She spread more happiness (especially to men) than 99% of the worldRecommend

  • lkhan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:12PM

    Shocked to hear the male chauvinist who interviewed her, and hats off to absolutely to Sunny Leone. What a bubbly, positive and lovely personality. I shall certainly look out for Sonny in future, and what a loss to all those hypocrites who do not appreciate acting with her!!!Recommend

  • singh
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:58PM

    She got a great look/personality.Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:00PM

    Only God can judge person, not people. I support sunny Leone.Recommend

  • Jahanzeb
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:35PM

    Sunny is punjabi the punjab region should support her. What she did in her life openly is being done in hera mandi Lahore 10 times worst. Recommend

  • Humza
    Jan 20, 2016 - 7:43PM

    @Jahanzeb: If you don’t understand that prostitution is as old as mankind itself, you have a lot of learning to do. Whether it be Asia’s biggest brothels in Bombay or Kabul’s Shahr i Nau, it exists in both liberal and conservative societies. Poverty and exploitation is part of it. When millions of Afghan refugees moved to Pakistan, they brought a lot of violence, smuggling and prostitution, especially the notorious Gilim Jim prostitutes. Rather than point to the ethnicity of this woman, should you not look at her as a human?Recommend

  • Jan 21, 2016 - 1:21AM

    Sunny Love u,Enjoy ur success Recommend

  • Jan 21, 2016 - 8:38PM

    there is much fuss about this interview. Now i have watched it which has let me to ask all who are commenting furiously against interviewer, “whats wrong about this interview and whats wrong with the questions?” Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 22, 2016 - 3:11AM

    @Humza: Well saidRecommend

  • Sam
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:29AM

    What a hypocrite the Indian journalist is. No prizes for guessing hat he did after the interview.Recommend

  • sssj
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:19AM

    She is neither that important nor is she attractive, but that is not the point. What is important is the fact that everyday peoples morals have sunk so low that now a pornographic dancing woman is a social icon…in hindu theosophy they say kalyug times, indeed these are kalyug times.Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 12, 2016 - 10:21AM

    The most despicable interview I have ever seen, conducted callously and with insensitivity by both the interviewer and his sponsors. Sunny’s life choices do not have to be everyone else’s choices and did not deserve such derogative portrayal. This interviewer was nothing short of cruel and out of line, and deserves to be fired. Wishing you all the best in your career Sunny !Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 25, 2016 - 8:22PM

    Hideous, creepy and misogynistic. THe interview was the most cringeworthy EVER !!Recommend

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