The first week of the 76th Cannes Film Festival saw a steady stream of actors from Mumbai ascending the steps of the Grand Lumière at the gala, but without a film of their own in the official selection. On Wednesday night, Sunny Leone should change that.
Leone, one of the main actors in Anurag Kashyap’s film kennedywhich premieres here in the early hours of Thursday as part of the festival’s Midnights Screenings section, will be the real deal when she walks the red carpet alongside director and co-star Rahul Bhat.
In an interview with PTI a day before the screening of kennedy, Leone said: “Growing up, you have a vision of what it could be like to be in Cannes. Once you’re here, it’s something else.” “I feel really lucky to have a movie here. It’s beyond exciting. I’m going to walk this red carpet. I still can’t believe it. I can’t hold back my tears every time I talk about it,” she said. .
The 42-year-old has been busy for the first two days of her stay in Cannes filming and attending other events. But the next 24 hours could change the course of his career. It’s easy to see why she’s so excited.
She already has a few Southern films in post-production. “One is a psychological thriller, the other a gangster movie,” Leone revealed. is she waiting kennedy change the way the industry views her as an actress? “I hope it is,” she said.
Responding to a question about how she landed the role of Charlie in kennedy, she said Kashyap called her and told her he thought she was right for the role. “But he said I should audition for it. I said ‘I’d love to,'” the actor recalled.
She prepared for the audition. “Ten people were sitting there. I gave the audition. The director said you were right for the role, then turned to everyone else and asked how they felt. It was a real test,” Leone said.
“I sneakily found out last night that the director’s decision was already made. They probably weren’t sure if I would show up for the audition. Many Bollywood actors don’t take screen tests after reaching a certain level,” she added.
The actress admitted to feeling some pressure while working on kennedy, a dark thriller that follows the main character working for a corrupt police force with scores to settle. “A director of the caliber of Anurag Kashyap was not part of my CV until now. So there was the pressure to do a good job, to live up to expectations,” she said.
Kashyap is kind and generous but he is also very secretive, Leone said. “I asked for the script. He said you couldn’t have the script. I warned him that I would bug it every day to get information about my lines and my character,” she added. .
Leone attended workshops before the film started, so she had an idea of what she was going to do in Kennedy.“I think Charlie is a strong woman who is caught between two realities. One is the life she wants to have, the other is the truth she lives. She hides a lot behind her smile, behind her laugh “, she said.