The 76th Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France, May 24, 2023. Actor Sunny Leone, cast member of the film "Kennedy" presented as part of midnight screenings, speaks during an interview with Reuters. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Sunny Leone knows the significance of being in a film that premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, and it's an experience no one can take from her, the film star said on Wednesday, ahead of the sold-out midnight screening of the Indian movie "Kennedy."
Once one of the top adult film stars in the United States, Leone was on India's version of the reality television show "Big Brother" before she moved into film, a background that led to perceptions of her that she has had to fight against, reports Reuters.
"At the end of the day, you're human and it's not a great feeling. But I understand their point of view as well. I come with a certain amount of baggage and it's hard to change people's perceptions," she said in an interview with Reuters.
"That's why 'Kennedy' means so much. And that's why - sorry, this is where I cry - and that's why having this film accepted here (at Cannes) is one of the most amazing things," said Leone.
"It's like, you can't say anything bad about this. You can't take this one away from me," the Canadian-born actor said.
"Kennedy," directed by Anurag Kashyap, follows a former police officer, played by Rahul Bhat, who is thought to be long dead while still operating for the corrupt system.
Kashyap, one of Bollywood's most influential filmmakers, has presented films at Cannes before in special screenings, including 2012's "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Ugly" in 2013.