Drama has been a fixation in Sunny Leone’s life evidently. Thus, it is only befitting that her life story and struggles be told in a docu‘drama’. ZEE5 original Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone begins from the point in time when Sunny was still Karenjit Kaur Vohra. A middle-class Sikh girl settled in Ontario, Canada takes a deep look at herself in the mirror, ahead of her first lingerie ad. We bet Karen had no clue that she was paving the way for her USP.
Oscillating between shots of a young Karenjit reciting Gurbani to that of her seductive photoshoot, the web series has a flair for drama and honesty. Like any Indian parent, Sunny wasn’t applauded for her choice of a career in the adult film industry. The digital project offers glimpses of conservatism, racism, sexism, and perverseness in equal parts.
The arc was only upwards and ever soaring, as was the offense Karenjit faces from friends and family. But Sunny’s resilience and determination to go after what she wants are established in scenes of her childhood. She wouldn’t mind walking a dog, selling a lemonade only to get a $60 gown for her school dance – of course, Karenjit’s mother wasn’t okay with the revelation.
The two-season series shows Sunny Leone in many roles – a 12-year-old version played by Rysa Saujani to herself playing her 18 YO, 21 YO, 27 YO, and 35 Yo self. Adapting a linear approach, the biopic of sorts also touches upon Sunny’s famous interview with Anup Choubey (not original name). Diving further into the years she spent in Canada and Los Angeles, we are introduced to Sunny’s family – a supportive brother Sunny, an alcoholic mother and an emotional father. Before season two of the series went for a break, we were also introduced to the love of Sunny’s life, Daniel (her husband Daniel Weber).
Ahead of the impending finale, Karenjit Kaur becomes Sunny Leone. She has lost her mother but found support in Daniel. He family is distraught by the passing away of Sunny’s mom, who btw had quite a sense of humour. If these accounts are anything, they are only so vivid and brave. It only makes you realize that Sunny’s story is deservedly heroic.
On 5 April 2019, we shall see the celebrity enter a new phase of her life. The season finale shall showcase Sunny’s visit to India, the discovery of her father’s ailment and marriage with Daniel.
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Keep watching ZEE5 for the season finale of Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leonecomes out on 5 April 2019.