Karenjit Kaur Vohra, more popularly known as Sunny Leone, is a former American-Canadian porn star, a Bollywood actress and a model of Indian origin. She was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003, was a contract star for Vivid Entertainment, and was named by Maxim as one of the top 12 porn stars in 2010.
Though best known for her career in adult movies
and as a pornstar, her first appearance in an adult movie did not happen till as late as 2001. She was born to Sikh parents in Canada on May 13th 1981 and started her career, working in a bakery and training to be a nurse. She did not take India citizenship till as late as 2012. Though, publicly stated as bisexual, Sunny Leone has proclaimed her preference for men. She dated Matt Erikson (who she was reported to be engaged to at one point) and Russel Peters, before marrying Daniel Weber, with who she launched her own studio. In 2017, they adopted their daughter Nisha from a village in Maharashtra.
Sunny Leone’s first television appearance was in 2005, when she worked as a red carpet reporter for the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2011, she entered the Indian reality television series Big Boss (Big Brother), midway through the show, which catapulted her into a becoming a household name in India and got her a first break in Bollywood. She currently hosts the Indian reality show Splitsvilla.
She made her debut in Bollywood with Pooja Bhatt
's Jism 2
(2012), a role she was famously offered by Mahesh Bhatt
, while she was still in the Bigg Boss house, and shifted her focus to mainstream acting. Her performance in Jism 2 was followed up with Jackpot (2013), Ragini MMS 2
(2014) and Ek Paheli Leela (2015). Other than a host of movies, Sunny leone has done lots of guest appearances and item numbers.
Apart from her acting career and her much publicised career in adult films and as a porn star, Sunny Leone has been part of activism campaigns from a very early age. In 2004, she was part of the 'No more Bush' campaign to protest George W Bush’s presidency in America, where she and other adult movie actresses made news by shaving their pubic hair. In 2008, she declared her support for Barack Obama over John McCain. Her other famous initiatives include her public message to adult webmasters to issue warnings against children viewing their content and her support for the Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half-Marathon to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She has posed for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ad campaign with a rescued dog, encouraging pet owners to have their cats and dogs spayed and neutered.
In 2016, BBC listed her among the Top 100 women. In the same year she published her first book (an e book) of love stories called Sweet Dreams which got much critical acclaim.
Sunny Leone is one of the worlds most searched celebrities and is now settled in Mumbai, India.