He isn't known as a man for all quotes for nothing. Mahesh Bhatt is more kicking and alive than ever as he is taking his 'discovery' Sunny Leone out for the promotional events of 'Jism 2'. While he is known for supporting films made by newcomers in his production house quite frequently, case in point being 'Blood Money' in the recent times, the interest level that he has shown into promoting Sunny for Pooja Bhatt's 'Jism 2' has been nothing less than extraordinary. Even though he keeps encountering questions on the lines of 'Why Sunny' every 30 minutes, Bhatt Sr. is smiling and accommodating as ever.
"Why can't Sunny deserve a place under the sun and be a quintessential feature film actress? No one can and should form an opinion about a creative person before seeing his or her work. Yes, we have seen Sunny's acts in the adult films. However movies are a different ballgame altogether and one has to first see what she has to deliver before making any judgements. Moreover our company carries certain credibility when it comes to believing in newcomers and giving them the right platform. Even Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham were newcomers when they were found a platform with 'Naam' and 'Jism'", he says.
For 'Jism 2' though he was sure that only a real life porn star could have done justice to the role. Though other Bollywood names were considered, Bhatts were of the view that audience would be able to better relate to the character on screen if they brought some real life characteristic traits in motion as well.
Says Mahesh Bhatt in an animated tone, "Film's central character is a girl who is living on an image created by marketing her anatomy. This woman had to be a part of the porn industry and she makes her life by shedding off clothes. We were very clear from the very beginning that our protagonist would proudly proclaim - 'I am a porn star'. This was going to be her story and we couldn't compromise on the basic setting. It had to be Sunny. Period."
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