Actress and former adult film star Sunny Leone (or Karanjit Kaur), is adding another string to her bow by writing erotic fiction, as she knows how to keep the hits coming her way. With a successful stint in Bollywood for over five years she has chartered into a different category of an erotic fiction writer. She is also the most googled person in India.
A Delhi-based publication house, Juggernaut, released ‘Sweet Dreams’, a collection of 12 erotic stories by Leone. It is the first time an original short-fiction collection has been released on mobile phones in India. "I've never written before; but I took up the offer from the publishers as a challenge and had a go…..I would write on my laptop at all times, in Mumbai or in the quiet of my home in Los Angeles, or during time off on a Bollywood set and it took me four months to come up with the first draft," says Leone. Chiki Sarkar, Juggernaut's publisher, says “Leone has about 22 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including many women who have all been enthusiastic about her foray into writing".
Ananth Padmanabhan, an erotic fiction author says "India has an appetite for erotic fiction despite moral policing and Leone's stories are part of that wave to titillate the market that wants more". Moreover, Leone being fierce, calm and unapologetic about her stint with adult movies, perhaps represents brave new world where women are not questionable on their choices.
Leone forayed into US adult entertainment industry at the age of 18, she had a hugely successful career in adult industry. Later, she became part of the Indian reality show “Big Boss” which made her a household name in the country eventually she became part of Bollywood projects.
She has also been the target of hate and criticism from a section of Indian society; and was recently targeted with uncomfortable questions in an interview with an Indian journalist. However she kept her calm and brave smile on her face throughout the interview, she got lot of support from within industry and public who thrashed the journalist for being insensitive.