A victim card for Sunny Leonne kicks up unsavoury questions

Not much untold in ‘The Untold Story of Sunny Leone’

Mumbai.

There is little here in this 10-part series chronicling the rise of Sunny Leonne from porn to Bollywood that we don’t know already. Sunny, who is a beautiful, articulate and clear-headed woman in real life, has spoken about her sleazy past many times.

“Karenjit Kaur…” is more of the same, and not very well served up if one may add. Director Aditya Dutt is faithful to the original story ferreting out incidents and relationships from Sunny’s childhood and teens in Canada with ostentatious honesty.

Sunny’s mother’s alcoholism is also gone into in detail, probably because it serves as a good alibi for what Sunny chose to do with her life.

Alas, Sunny’s mother is terribly played by TV actress Grusha Kapoor who stumbles, drawls and dodders all over the place. The relationship with her rebellious daughter remains at best, an over-the-top hammy version of what we saw in, say, “Lady Bird” recently.

The response of a family to daughter who chooses to become a porn star needed to be tackled with far more sensitivity than this lengthy (though admittedly never dull) series has at its disposal.

Frequently, the series hops, skips and jumps over timelines to create a feeling of a life she did not choose itself.

Repeatedly and perhaps expectedly, the series plays up the victim card. To her credit, Sunny strikes a pretty picture standing in postures of forlorn self pity.

However, the other actors just don’t seem to convey Sunny’s flouncy fluency. They fumble, they stammer and ham.

Nonetheless, the young actor Karanvir Lamba, playing her brother, is able to convey plenty of the warmth between the siblings that lasts to this day.

But the series fails to give us an answer to the core moral conflict that characterizes the Sunny Leone saga. Is it right to become a porn star just because you need financial gratification, lots of it?

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