Why Sunny Leone Thanked Zeenat, Rekha, Mandakini And Other Actresses

Sunny Leone's post could be seen as an oblique reference to recent protests against her in Bengaluru

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Why Sunny Leone Thanked Zeenat, Rekha, Mandakini And Other Actresses

Sunny Leone was last seen in Tera Intezaar. (Image courtesy: Sunny Leone)


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Highlights

  1. She credits 6 actresses for teaching her to be "ok (with) myself"
  2. It could be seen as an oblique reference to recent protests against her
  3. Sunny Leone was last seen in Tera Intezaar
Actress Sunny Leone is winding 2017 down with an Instagram post listing some of the women in Bollywood who "taught (her) that it's perfectly ok to be myself." The actresses she cites are Sharmila Tagore, Mandakini, Dimple Kapadia, Rekha, Zeenat Aman and Madhubala, posted with a film still of Ms Aman in a white bikini top. The women Sunny Leone names have had careers, some more successful than others, that didn't always conform to the sati-savitri Bollywood norm of their times - they played modern, liberated, independent female characters in several films. Many times, the characters were sexually-charged, like Zeenat Aman's prostitute with a heart of gold in Manoranjan or Sharmila Tagore's courtesan in Amar Prem.

Sunny Leone, who had a massively successful career in adult films before making the transition to Bollywood with 2012's Jism 2, credits these six actresses for teaching her to be comfortable in her own skin:
 


The 36-year-old actress' post could be seen as an oblique reference to recent protests against her in Bengaluru where she was meant to have been performing at a New Year's Eve event. Sunny eventually backed out after police said they could not guarantee her safety.

Sunny Leone has received a tremendous response from her fans on Twitter and Instagram. Here are some reactions:
 
 

Sunny's Instagram post has also been flooded with positive responses. "More power to you Girl... You have the most beautiful face as well as soul in this world... In this world if we can be anything, be humble. And you taught me that,' said one user. "This is perfect answer ma'am.... Those dumb people who judge you by your skin by your costume.... Now they are completely shut up their mouth," added another.

Sunny Leone's past as an adult actress was invoked in an uncomfortable TV interview last year which was widely criticised as being judgemental and sexist. The actress was praised for handling questions like whether or not an actor like Aamir Khan would work with her with poise and dignity. Later, Aamir Khan tweeted this:
 

Sunny Leone occupies a possibly unique space in the national consciousness - on one hand, there are protests when she is slated to perform at an event, on the other hand she is mobbed at public appearances. In case, you don't remember this is what happened in Kochi, in August:
 

Sunny Leone was last seen in Tera Intezaar opposite Arbaaz Khan. She also had a special song appearance in Shah Rukh Khan's Raees.

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