Sunny Leone finally speaks up on her Navratri special condom ad that had caused an uproar in Gujarat – While Sunny was only the face of the advertisement, she had to bear the brunt and people’s ire.
Sunny Leone has come a long way since she first made an appearance on the Indian TV reality show, Bigg Boss. Now, she is not only a known face across the nation, she is also a household name. For someone who was an hot film actress in the US, this is no easy feat. Considering how Indians react to anything remotely sensual, it is indeed commendable how Sunny has slowly but surely ensured the industry and the audience not only like her but also take her seriously. She has been part of some successful Bollywood films and has been hosting a TV reality show since quite some years now.
Such is her popularity that people come together in large numbers to catch a glimpse of her. So much so, that recently when she visited Kochi to inaugurate a store, it caused a traffic jam in the small city in Kerala. Considering all this, it is no wonder that the actress lands a lot of endorsement deals. She is the brand ambassador of a leading condom brand and was recently in the eye of the storm over a Navratri special ad for the same brand.
Narendra Chaudhary, businessman and president of Hindu Yuva Vahini – the group that was protesting against the ad, had told TOI, “The message in Gujarati on the hoarding reads ‘Aa Navratri a ramo, parantu premthi’ – Play but with love, this Navratri. The insinuation on the hoardings from a condom brand insults the religious sentiments of Hindus. This cannot be tolerated and our protests will get stronger if these hoardings are not removed immediately. Protests are necessary to deter others from trying something similar again in future.” While Sunny was only the face of the advertisement and not the actual brain behind its conceptualisation, she had to bear the brunt and people’s ire.
When asked about how she felt about such controversies, Sunny, in an interview with HT Cafe, said, “You know, I strongly feel that all celebrities are soft targets. It goes without saying that it’s not nice to hear nasty things about myself, especially things that are not true. But I know who I am in life and what my goals are. Plus, I have a happy and healthy family, and that’s all I can ask for in life. The controversies that are made up mean nothing to me.” Well, that’s all that Sunny wanted to say about the controversy. And while not directly addressing it, we felt she made some very valid points. Way to go, Sunny.