Sunny Leone comes in a brand new avatar with Sachiin Joshi in Kaizad Gustad's Jackpot. With Ragini MMS delaying the release, looks like Jackpot will be the first to hit the theatres after Jism2. Though the earlier film saw Sunny Leone's oomph factor, this one along with the oomph, also promises a lot of style and content from this actress alongside muscular Sachiin Joshi. Faisal Saif enters in a small chit-chat with Sunny Leone...
What does Bollywood mean to you?
Bollywood is an industry that has welcomed me with open arms. And I am glad to be part of Bollywood.
Why did you sign Jackpot?
The film has a very interesting story. Sachiin Joshi and I hang out in the same circles. And I am the brand ambassador of his energy drink brand XXX. Kaizad's narration was excellent and I liked the content and style appealed to me. And Naseer saab was in. And that was a great feeling.
Naseeruddin Shah is one of the greatest actors of India. What is your experience working with him?
He is amazing. He makes you feel so much at ease. I am blessed.
Are you learning Hindi and Dance?
Yes. Even during the shoot of Jackpot, I was busy with Ragini MMS dance in the evening. There is so much to be done.
Tell us about your role in Jackpot?
I play Maya in Jackpot. The role has varied shades. On one hand, I am the manager of Naseeruddin Shah's casino, and on the other hand, I am the love interest of Francis essayed by Sachiin. And all of us are cons out to out with one another. You don't know which side of the fence Maya is on, or whether she is fence herself. And in that lies the interest.
She has impressed director Kaizad Gustad, who is making his re-entry in filmmaking after a long period. His last film was Katrina Kaif starrer Boom, released in 2003. About working with Sunny Leone, he said, “Excited may be the wrong word. But yes, I'm happy to have worked with her. Sunny is a professional and it was fantastic directing her because she is always trying to give every shot her best. She is always asking questions and I like that about her. I'm blessed to have worked with her.”
Producer-turned-actor Sachiin Joshi has been roped in to play opposite Sunny in the film that also features Naseeruddin Shah. About casting, Kaizad said, “I had written the script of Jackpot two years ago in Goa, during the rains. Then I just let it be. Most filmmakers are very possessive about their scripts. I usually leave my first draft sitting for a while. And, then I revisit it. Also, I do not write scripts with an actor in mind. I usually write and then do my casting. Coming to the bit about why Sachiin, well, we met socially and he asked me whether I was working on something. So, I told him about Jackpot. He liked the idea and was ready to roll almost immediately. And, I felt that he suited the role of a street-smart Goan local.”
Jackpot is releasing on December 13, 2013.