Sunny Leone on working with Shah Rukh Khan in Raees: His presence, confidence and the way he looks, makes him attractive


Sunny Leone has not had it easy in Bollywood. While she has struggled to gain acceptance, she believes she may finally be getting somewhere. Speaking about working with Shah Rukh Khan and sharing what Raees means to her, and taking about the industry accepting her, she says, “I didn’t see it as acceptance, but I did realise that for all those people who said not-so-nice things about me, they cannot take this moment away from me. I was told, `No one wants to work with you, Sunny‘ and `You are not going anywhere.You have a couple of years here and then you have to go back’. I know that it’s just a song in Raees, but for whatever it’s worth, it means so much to me that somebody like Shah Rukh, who is loved and respected all over the world, let me be a part of his movie. It’s such a proud movie. It’s such a proud moment for me.”

She adds, “Over the last 10 months, a lot of amazing things have happened. So many people are nicer, generous and supportive of me.”

Commenting on how she landed Raees, Sunny says, “They (the makers) called my husband (Daniel Weber). We were in the car. I knew something good was going on from the huge smile on Daniel’s face. He got off the phone and said, `Shah Rukh Khan wants you to be in one of the songs in his film’. I asked him, `They were calling me! Are you sure or is it a wrong number?’ I even wondered if Shah Rukh knew about the call. I was in shock because of a few things that had happened around that time. It was blow after blow and all of a sudden, this amazing call came. It was a dream-come-true for me.”

She goes on to talk about working with SRK and admits she was very nervous, “I would constantly tell myself, `Don’t trip over, don’t run into something, make sure you know the steps’. But Shah Rukh makes you feel comfortable. I remember how warm he was when I met him years ago at a film premiere. He went out of his way and greeted us, saying, `Hi Sunny, Hi Daniel. How are you?’ And, I was like, `He remembers my name!’ He is charismatic. His presence, confidence and the way he looks, makes him attractive. My parents also used to love him.”