Sunny Leone has arrived in the big league with Raees. Being a part of a Shah Rukh Khan film is a big deal. Even if it is an item song (the remix version of Laila O Laila). The actress talks about her nervousness at being compared to Zeenat Aman, the SRK factor and being shocked at being approached for a item song in Rahul Dholakhia’s next.
Your reaction on being approached for the song?
I was shocked, actually! I kept wondering if they called the right number. For the first few days I would try on the costumes in sheer disbelief as I still couldn’t believe that they wanted me to do the song. I would try on the costumes during the rehearsals but it was always at the back of my mind that if they didn’t like me they could replace me. Now I know it’s happening and I am happy, honored, thankful and so excited!
Have you seen the original song?
(Laughs) I had seen the song in Qurbani and then a couple of times before I started shooting for the song and again a few more times after shooting our song — out of sheer anxiety! Fortunately my song is not a remake of Laila O Laila but a completely different dance song with different dance steps and a different look and styling. It’s more of a tribute to the original than a remake and has some really important moments which moves the story of Raees forward. (ALSO READ: Raees song Laila Main Laila: 5 moments to look forward to from Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Leone’s sizzling track)
Are you apprehensive about being compared to Zeenat Aman?
Of course! I am very nervous about being compared to her. She was such a big star and the song became iconic. I am not thinking too much about it and focusing on the fact that I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The fact that my Bollywood career has taken such a wonderful turn and I got to work with a huge star like Shah Rukh, whom I admire very much. More than the pressure of expectations of just a song, I wish I can live up to the expectations of Shah Rukh and Zeenat Aman. I wish that when they and whoever cast me in Laila O Laila, watch the song are happy with my performance in it and that the film is a super success!
How was Shah Rukh to work with?
I was extremely excited to work with him and on the first day though I didn’t show it on the outside, I was very emotional. I wanted to cry! These are the moments that only dreams are made of... It was the first time I saw Shah Rukh. And being together in the same frame... Shah Rukh and I had a couple of different moments together in the song and hopefully I didn’t make it too difficult for him as there were some complicated dance moves that needed to be done. It was such an amazing moment for me. From where to where I have come, and now I am in a song with Shah Rukh Khan! It’s a dream come true for me and for those girls and boys out there to know that if I can do it, they can do it too. If you have integrity towards your work, professionalism and keep pushing forward you will achieve your dreams one day. It’s my special moment and I will never forget everything that happened from day one till this moment.
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