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Have changed for the better with motherhood: Sunny Leone

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New Delhi, Sunny Leone, who started off as an adult film star and ventured into Bollywood with “Jism 2” in 2012, is right now in love with her life as it is unfolding. She is not just managing a career, but also enjoying her time being a mother of three — something that has helped her change and evolve.

The Canadian-born Indian-American actress was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and shifted her focus to mainstream acting in Hindi films with “Jism 2”, following it up with “Ragini MMS 2”, “Ek Paheli Leela”, “Kuch Kuch Locha Hai”, “Mastizaade” and “Tera Intezaar”.

Asked if she feels content when she looks back at her journey from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone, she told IANS in an e-mail interview from Los Angeles: “Yes, because I love my life now.”

Her life has inspired a digital platform series titled “Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone”.

Did she have any initial apprehensions about putting her entire life out for the world to know?

“Yes, many. But what swayed me to do it is that the story would be told in a way that I was comfortable with… the true story and not something that people believe it to be,” said Sunny, who entered Indian showbiz via a stint in the reality TV show “Bigg Boss 5”.

Last year, the actress, who is married to Daniel Weber, took everyone by surprise when she announced that she and her husband had adopted girl child named Nisha from a village in Latur. Another surprise came in March, when she shared that the two had extended their brood by including two more children — sons Noah and Asher — via surrogacy.

Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show “Splitsvilla” on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.

“I have changed and evolved but I believe (it has happened) for the better. I look at all three of them and am completely, utterly in love with them,” she said.

With three toddlers to give attention to, will her career slow down?

“I believe I am the best mother I can be if I am working and spending time with them. I love my job and I hope my children grow up to be just as hardworking as my husband and I,” said Sunny.

The 37-year-old actress says Daniel and she have scheduled their “time carefully so that our children do not ever feel a lack of attention, care or love”.

Ever since her debut in Bollywood, Sunny has faced flak, trolls and criticism. She finds it immature and not necessary.

“I try to brush it off and move past the hate always. I believe myself not to be a negative person so I have to find the positives in life and in people to do my job. That will never change in me. But I am affected and more annoyed from time to time at the nonsense the media comes up with or random groups come up with. It is immature and not necessary,” she said.

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Dia Mirza, Saiyami Kher dole out hair care secrets

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Mumbai,  Stars Dia Mirza and Saiyami Kher say it is essential to have a proper haircare regime, which includes regular oiling and hair spa. Dia, Saiyami along with Aahana Kumra have come together for brand Bblunt’s digital campaign #ShineWithBBLUNT.

“My curls can be difficult to manage but I’ve been lucky to find the perfect products that suit my hair. I shampoo, put leave-in conditioner, diffuse dry my hair and I’m ready to go. Once a month, I also go for a nice hair spa which feels great,” Saiyami said in a statement to IANS.

Dia said her hair care regime includes oiling her hair once a week and deep conditioning.

“I also make sure to eat right and keep myself hydrated throughout the day. When it comes to colouring my hair, I only use an ammonia-free, expert developed and approved product,” she added.

To this, Aahana said: “I make sure I oil my hair, and take steam after oiling it. Also, I definitely keep my scalp clean as I think it is of utmost importance. Keep the scalp clean is my simple mantra.”

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As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I’m okay: Alia on rumours

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Mumbai,  Actress Alia Bhatt, whose personal life is garnering a lot of interest in the midst of a buzz about her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor, says she does not react to rumours and won’t as long as someone is not entering her bathroom.

Alia interacted with the media here when she walked the ramp for Caprese’s new bag collection on Monday.On the professional front, Alia is on a roll with the success of “Raazi”.

Asked how she reacts to rumours about her personal life, especially when there is speculation that she might get married next year, she said: “I don’t react to rumours. Rumours are not meant to be reacted upon.

“As long as you aren’t entering my bathroom, I am fine. If people are not talking about me, then maybe I am not relevant enough. So if people are talking about me, then I am something… But yes, honestly I am at a very good space personally and professionally, so no issues whatsoever.”

Alia is working with Ranbir in “Brahmastra”.She was asked how working in a film with a co-actor who also happens to be the person she is dating, affects or adds to the performance.

She said: “”I think when you are an actor, your job is to act and so, when you are in front of the camera, it doesn’t matter who you are dating or who you are not dating and whether you are tall or short, fat or thin, unhappy or really happy.

“Sometimes there are days, when I go on set with an upset frame of mind, but I have to dance around and feel very excited… That’s the whole process of being an actor”. Alia’s other new projects include Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy”, Abhishek Varman’s “Kalank” and Karan Johar’s “Takht”.

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I have more freedom in films: Sobhita Dhulipala

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New Delhi, Actress Sobhita Dhulipala, who paved her way into Bollywood with “Raman Raghav 2.0” and features in Telugu film “Goodachari” which is doing well at the box office, feels she has more freedom in the field of acting than in the world of modelling.

“I did modelling, but when I stepped into the field of acting, I felt more empowered and I realised that now I have more freedom with myself,” the 26-year-old actress told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

“In modelling, there are specific protocols that you can’t exceed, your weight and other things. But now while doing films, I have the freedom to be healthy and can change my body shape according to my characters,” she added.

Before entering into films, Sobhita was a model and had won the Femina Miss India 2013 title. She feels inclusivity is something the fashion industry must embrace globally.

“There are many countries which don’t even allow or take plus-size models in the contests. This should not happen. The general notion regarding models should change. I feel things are changing, but still there is a long way to go. It is not important how you look. How you carry yourself and how healthy you are, are what matter the most,” she added.

Sobhita made her debut in the Telugu film industry this year with the film “Goodachari”, which is garnering a positive response from the audience and the critics alike.

She said: “This is my first taste of this level of commercial success. As people are liking our film, I am extremely happy and feel motivated to do more good work.”

In the past, Sobhita has starred in “Chef” and “Kaalakaandi”. She is currently preparing for her roles in Jeetu Joseph directorial Hindi film “The Body” and director Geetu Mohandas’ bilingual film “Moothon”.

In “Moothon”, she is playing the role of a sex worker.

“This is one of the most challenging roles I have ever received. For my role, I had to do a lot of ground work. I met so many people who are involved in this work, and trust me we are the ones who label them as sex workers or prostitutes. We should understand one thing that people who are in the profession where they have to trade their dignity, is not their choice. They are helpless and that’s why they do it.

“Portraying a role of a sex worker is a moving experience for me. I hope through my film, people start respecting sex workers and change their opinion regarding them as from my own experience, I believe they are the kindest people who have so little to give yet so tender with others.”

She also spoke about the casting couch issue which was raised by actress Sri Reddy in the Telugu film industry.

“I am fortunate enough that I have not experienced such kind of issue till now in my career. Everybody faces some kind of problems in life. If something has happened like this, I would say I can only feel for them but I can’t relate to it as I have not faced it.”

Sobhita was 16 when she left her home town in Andhra Pradesh and moved to Mumbai for studies. She belongs to a family which is far away from showbiz and glamour.

She felt her parents helped her the most in pursuing her acting career and were liberal enough to allow her to do whatever she wants.

“Like my parents, I won’t have the courage to allow my kids to do whatever they want to do in life. But I guess I am lucky to have such supportive parents.”

Asked whether her parents interfere in her film choices, she said: “No, I decide which film to do or not. I believe, sometimes opinions can cloud our judgments. So, I believe in the story and go with my understanding and instinct.

“My parents don’t make a call on my behalf on what kind of roles I should do. They respect my choices and I hope continuing making responsible choices.”

And her choices, she said, are driven by good stories.

“I never think that I should be a part of a film which will be able to sell more. For me, a story and role are important. But now I really would like to do a film on the imperial period. Since childhood, I am very much fascinated with the imperial stories and history.”

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