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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone distributes food to the needy during the lockdown to curb the COVID-19 spread, in Mumbai.

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It’s poses like these and enigmatically sinister bracelets like this that make crowds go berserk at the slimmest chance of espying Sunny Leone. Why, in Kochi a few years ago, they stopped drinking for an entire afternoon to catch a glimpse of her. Now, an audacious event manager has filed a cheating case against her, saying she took in lakhs as appearance money for ‘inaugural events’, but didn’t show up. Sunny sets the record ramrod straight: yes, her manager did take the money, but she couldn’t honour those commitments as the fickle man kept changing the dates, which kept bumping against her other assignments—like the one here, requiring her to embrace, with calculated abandon, chunks of cool granite. Solemn promises were made about attending the events if schedule permits, though we openly side with Sunny here.

Bollywood actor Sunny Leone poses for a photograph during an event in Mumbai.

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Our Sunny flew outta her coop, touched down in LA International Airport, mingled amidst the California Girls, and hit the beach to the tune of Surfin USA. As beachwear, she had a cut-off top paired with a mumsy swimsuit, all teamed perfectly with the azure ocean and sky. But is a golden state hammered by a deluge of new Covid cases (it curtailed bars and restaurants last week) to be preferred to lockdowned, cowering, drizzly Mumbai? Here’s one for your team, Mr Trump!

In many ways, Sunny Leone is an exemplar—doting wife, loving mother, enthusiastic, but proud, dispenser of cheesiness in films, one who as easily slips into swimsuits and bikinis as she got out of them in her colourful past. A wholesome, over-the-board cleanness that we appreciate. These days, when she’s so cruelly confined, Sunny is busy with her ‘live dance face-offs’ on social media with sundry guests called, enticingly, Locked up with Sunny. A two-minute tour of Thailand—with shots from a poolside shoot—was also offered to insatiable fans. Same reason we are compelled to carry the accompanying image—people like to be comforted during trying times.

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone at a PeTA India event during the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2020 in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone walks on a ramp for designer Swapnil Shinde during Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2020, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone walks the ramp to showcase the creation of designer Swapnil Shinde during the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at the trailer launch of ALT Balaji's upcoming web series Ragini MMS Returns Season 2 in Mumbai.

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Truth be told, ever since Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Wharhol exhilaratingly catapulted gra­phic design and comic book into modern art, everyone who has walked in their footsteps is just a footnote. This original by Malika Favre is a take-off; the copy by Sunny Leone, who passed it off as her own and high-mindedly sold it for charity, was unwittingly so. Don’t mind the flak, Sunny, just paint a new one.

Bollywood actor Sunny Leone with her husband- producer Daniel Weber, daughter Nisha Kaur & son Noah Weber spotted at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Taimur isn’t mostly a smiling lad, grimacing and mooning about, poor thing, hauled about by his moviestar mom and mercilessly blinded by photographers’ flashes. Another day, another shot, a more content cherub clinging on to ano­ther fam­ous mother. Is Sunny’s boy Noah or Asher—they didn’t know, those who noted the amazing likeness between the two boys flanking us.

Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at the launch press meet of a reality TV show, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone during the unveiling of India Licensing Expo 2019 at Bombay Exhibtion Centre in Mumbai.

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If you doubt a ‘horror comedy’ will act as a div­ersion to the ample talents of Sunny Leone, you should consider her, in the best traditions of horror, as a foil to the bone-chilling suspense. That, along with her using a local UP dialect, will make Koko­kola a perfect draw. For now, learning a language is occupying Sunny full-time. She doesn’t need to work on her acting, see?

Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at an award function, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at the launch of a sports portal, in Mumbai.

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Actress Sunny Leone poses with her wax-statue during its unveiling at Madame Tussauds Museum, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018.

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Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members raise slogans against actor Sunny Leone during a protest against her role in the upcoming multilingual period film 'Veeramahadevi', in Bengaluru.

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Bollywood actress and former porn star Sunny Leone stands with her wax likeness during its unveiling at the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi.

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Actress Sunny Leone poses with her wax-statue during its unveiling at Madame Tussauds Museum, in New Delhi.

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Bollywood actor Sunny Leone reacts during a promotional event, in Chennai.

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Actress Sunny Leone during a promotional event in New Delhi.

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With Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone, threatening to steam up screens, the SGPC has taken umbrage at her liberal appropriation of the surname, asking her to drop it, lest she ‘hurts sen­­­s­ibilities’. Will Sunny comply?

Bollywood actors Randeep Hooda and Sunny Leone during an event, in Amritsar.

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It’s the age of quasi-mythical, heroic mumbo jumbo dressed up in the garb of ancient Indian glory. The latest off the assembly line is the Telugu/Tamil Veeramadevi, the tale of a vengeful queen, played by Sunny Leone, at the head of an army. Do you think she would have a passionate love life? Place your bets on it.

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Bollywood actor Sunny Leone at the launch of Zee Entertainment’s digital entertainment platform 'Zee5 Originals' in Mumbai.

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Actor Sunny Leone gives her measurement for her wax statue to be displayed at Madame Tussauds Delhi, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone at a press conference during the launch of a new entertainment channel, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone during the inauguration of the Big Boys Toys Expo in Mumbai.

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Actor Sunny Leone walks the ramp as showstopper for designer Riyaz Gangji's Libas collection in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actress Sunny Leone waving at her fans in Kochi.

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Since the moment Sunny has set foot in India, she has been hounded for her former profession, but has handled the leering morons with consummate dignity. Now, she and husband Daniel Weber have adopted a baby girl, Nisha, from Latur. Theirs will be a happy family.

Bollywood actor Sunny Leone during a photo shoot for new season of MTV Splitsvilla in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan, Sunny Leone and Nawazuddin Siddiqui during the success party of film Raees, in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Shahrukh Khan and Sunny Leone during the success party of film Raees, in Mumbai.

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Sunny’s success as a screen sex-symbol is a nod to the lure of the forbidden. That verboten come-hither has borne fruit: she is now among BBC’s 100 ‘in­s­pirational’ women. And about her riding horse in matching earrings—half the credit for that is due to lensman Dabboo Ratnani, who shot her for Manforce calendar.

In the perplexingly named Fuddu, protagonists Sharman Joshi and Sunny Leone are said to have got up to a mighty sizzle in the song Tu Zaroorat Nai.... They possibly were planning their next moves during the song’s launch in Mumbai.

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A still from Dilip Mehta’s documentary Mostly Sunny

Sunny Leone with her husband Daniel Weber during the Pro Kabaddi League match in Mumbai.

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The most astute shaper of Bollywood careers, Sunny Leone, hits through the line. She is at the launch of her team, Chennai Swaggers, for the Box Cricket League, a reality show cricket tournament. What’s that? Dunno, only that Chennai got lucky once again.

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Sunny Leone performs at a live show in Dehradun.

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Sunny Side Up The air is chilly and it’s past midnight, but Sunny Leone has to live up to her role. A visual aside from the shoot of

It could happen... Sunny Leone, left, in the Manforce ad

Actress Sunny Leone at Thane Commissioner's Office in connection with a complaint filed against her.

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Pray For Her In sharp contrast to the desperate fashionistas in New York, the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai was a picture of propriety personified by no other than our own (haven't we made her so?) Sunny Leone. Apparently, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai needed help. But they were saying even the lord can't do much in the matter.

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Sunny Leone during a promotional event for her upcoming film "Ek Paheli Leela" in Gurgaon.

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Baby Doll on a Roll Baby Doll is growing up bonny and big in Bollywood. If you couldn't get enough of Sunny Leone in her first two films, she has a double role in her third, Ek Paheli Leela, and she claims it is a talking part, not just gyrating to Yo Yo Honey Singh's numbers. But wait, is that what her fans want? This shot should put all their fears to rest, she is still good as gold!

Sunny Leone at the trailer launch of film Ek Paheli Leela in Mumbai.

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Combo image: Sunny Leone takes up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Yo Yo Honey Singh.

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Hyderabadis are actually looking forward to Current Theega, a Telugu movie starring Manchu Manoj and Rakul Preet which also stars the Canadian bombshell Sunny Leone. Sunny plays a schoolteacher in the film and even posed with some schoolchildren in a government school as part of the film’s publicity. Manchu Manoj posted a selfie with Sunny saying, “Lovely doll Sunny” is the nicest person he has worked with. The film, set in a rural backdrop, is sure evincing a lot of interest.

Sunny Leone performing at an event in Jaipur.

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Actress Sunny Leone takes rickshaw ride at rickshaw branding campaign to promote her film Ragini MMS 2 in Mumbai.

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Jack Of One Trade Bad make-up, as pointed out by our movie critic? Why, going by Sunny Leone's confident over the shoulder look at the premiere of Jackpot, most of us would contest that point. Fine needlework on the gown, too.

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Actress Sunny Leone with Shah Rukh Khan during the premiere of her upcoming movie 'Jackpot', in Mumbai.

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Actor Sunny Leone performs during promotion of her new film "Shootout at Wadala" in Ahmedabad.

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Sunny Leone at a press conference for her movie Shootout at Wadala in Ahmedabad.

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That Fighting Spirit After her tiresome exe­rti­ons in Jism 2 failed to aro­use anything more than a premat­ure interest, Sunny Leone tries anot­her backdoor entry into Bollyw­ood, in the Ragini MMS sequel. Will seeking divine int­ervention at Siddhivin­ayak help exorcise old ghosts?

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This should not surprise anyone. The most trending person on Google in India during 2012 was Canadian-born porn-star and now Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, according to the Google Zeitgeist report for 2012. Rajesh Khanna, Poonam Pandey, Alia Bhatt, Nirmal Baba, Sherlyn Chopra, Yash Chopra, Saif Ali Khan, Diana Penty and Vilasrao Deshmukh were others on the list -- in that order. Well, we it seems are like that only

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Porn star and Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has emerged as the most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace, ahead of Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor, as searching for her on the web is the most risky. In a study conducted by McAfee, Leone topped the list with 9.95 per cent chances of luring people into clicking on malicious links.

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Actress Sunny Leone walks the ramp at a fashion event in Mumbai on Thursday evening.

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One of the posters of film 'Jism 2' starring adult movie star Sunny Leone. The posters have been considered too hot to handle by Mumbai civic authorities as the Mayor has ordered their removal from BEST buses.

One of the posters of film “Jism 2” featuring adult movie star Sunny Leone displayed outside a cinema in Hyderabad. The posters have been considered too hot to handle by Mumbai civic authorities as the Mayor has ordered their removal from BEST buses in Mumbai.

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Jism 2 actress Sunny Leone during a photo shoot for her film in New Delhi.

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Load Shedding Those effigies they burnt of her in Amritsar can’t hope to smoulder for as long as Sunny Leone has since her entry into the mainstream lexicon. As overblown as the stick figures have been, they all lack her exquisite proportions. But where’s the beef? How’s one Jism different from another?

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Jism 2 star Sunny Leone urges fans to sterilise their cats and dogs to help end animal homelessness in new PETA ad, in Mumbai.

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Sunny Leone, US-Canadian pornstar, couldn’t resist Bollywood’s pull

Indo-Canadian porn actress Sunny Leone at the Global Indian Film & Television Honours 2012 in Mumbai on Thursday evening.

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Porn star Sunny Leone of Canada, right, arrives to participate in a TV reality show Bigg Boss 5, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. Leone, whose real name is Karen Malhotra, is in the country to star in the popular series which has also in the past featured former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.

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Porn star Sunny Leone of Canada, right, arrives to participate in a reality television show, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai.

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Sunny Leone: What does a nice Indian girl do when offered centrespread space in America's biggest skin mags? She grabs the offer. One, because there aren't so many Indian girls out there, and two, she needs the money to go to nursing school. Sunny Leone is 100 per cent Punjabi, and the only Indian to have graced the adult glossies, first as Penthouse Pet of the Month in March, and then in Hustler's Christmas issue. What will people say? "It doesn't matter, what matters is how cute you are," she says. We agree.