Sunny Leone recently made her debut at the Cannes Film Festival since her movie Kennedy has been selected over there. She has been making waves at the red carpet of the festival with her fashion choices. But in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, she spoke about her experience of being at Cannes and what it means to be a part of Kennedy, which is directed by Anurag Kashyap and it also stars Rahul Bhat.
Sunny Leone on her Cannes experience for Kennedy, “Beautiful films and beautiful gowns go hand-in-hand”
How has the experience been so far?
It was amazing to be at Cannes for the very first time for a film that I am part of. It is unbelievable here. From the iconic people to the incredible films… just being here is a dream come true.
What is the most amazing part of the Cannes experience?
The most amazing thing about Cannes is to just gawk at these beautiful people, see what they are wearing. I just want to park my seat in the hotel lobby and watch everyone going by. Although that would look rather bizarre, ha ha. But the visitors here at Cannes are so fascinating to just look at.
Have you been able to watch any films there?
So, because I am here representing my film Kennedy, my director Anurag Kashyap, my co-star Rahul Bhat and I are giving non-stop interviews, photoshoots and all of it. So no, I’ve not seen any films, except mine, of course. But I hope I can catch at least a few of the more talked-about films.
There is a strong buzz about the film
I am so happy to hear that. It means so much to me to be part of this wonderful film. Everyone worked so hard on it. And to then just be part of it was amazing. Then when I got to know we were taking the film to Cannes, my excitement just doubled or tripled.
What does this experience actually mean to you?
I can’t believe I am here in Cannes with my film! The significance of this is well and beyond my wildest dreams.
How do you see the future from here?
Step by step is the main goal from here (laughs). There are moments here that are pretty overwhelming. But as far (as) getting overwhelmed is concerned, I am here to represent a film, and you have to see it as work. Every day is a unique experience here in Cannes as far as meeting new people is concerned. But that apart, it feels like any promotional campaign for any film, whether you are in Cannes or Mumbai, it doesn’t matter where you are talking about your film. Of course, the location and the importance of the promotion is massively grand in Cannes.
Does the enormity of it all hit you?
There are moments when I go through crazy anxiety. You just have to get over it. Give yourself a pep talk and tell yourself to get going.
It is being said that Cannes has become more about the gown than movies?
From my perspective, Cannes is mainly about the films, and I think we are going (to) have many celebrities coming to the films and walking the red carpet. They will all have a different agenda. At the same time, it all goes hand-in-hand, the beautiful gowns and the beautiful films.
What is your favourite part of the Cannes experience?
It is very, very exciting to see who is coming to your film wearing what. Hopefully they watch your film and don’t just exit after entering. That shouldn’t be. I think there is a core of allure about coming to Cannes. If you can figure out the purpose of Cannes and make it both a sartorial and intellectual experience, then you have got it right.
As for you?
As for me, I have a beautiful film and I have beautiful clothes. And I love to walk the red carpet. I love being part of the different events here at the festival. They make me feel fortunate.
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