The famous saying goes, "After the storm, comes the calm." But the opposite can also hold true, especially in a social media-savvy nation like India. The calm and grace that Sunny Leone maintained throughout the now infamous interview with Bhupendra Chaubey caused an outpouring of support for the actress and there was much outrage over the aggressive and judgmental line of questioning about her former career as a porn star. If the interview was genuine, it was one of the worst of its kind to have ever featured on Indian TV. Once again, if it was genuine. The fact is that if you play the right kind of tune, we Indians will figure out a way to dance to it.
When I look back at this entire episode, it all appears to be carefully choreographed, perfected in just so many levels. The observant eye and discerning brain that I am cursed with cannot help but question the spontaneity of the conversation between Leone and Chaubey.
As they say, any publicity is good publicity. From relative obscurity, Chaubey is now making headlines.
How on earth am I supposed to believe that a journalist with so many years of experience under his belt could be short-sighted enough to not consider the ramifications of his offensive interrogations? That the flawless appeal of the interview, the sympathy it elicits from the viewer for Leone, is just a well-timed blessing of the Almighty towards the team of her upcoming film Mastizaade? Am I the only one who feels that this entire event was staged? When politicians can manipulate situations to garner attention, why not film-makers? That being said, considering the substantial chances of the interview being authentic, my heart goes out to you, Sunny.
Moving forward, has anyone realised that the villain of the show, Bhupendra Chaubey, has reaped certain benefits too? As they say, any publicity is good publicity. From relative obscurity, Chaubey is now making headlines. Move over Arnab Goswami, India wants to know the "past" of Bhupendra Chaubey now. Let's see if we can dig out some snakes. Who doesn't have a past anyway? We all do, even the most revered names in the entertainment world has a skeleton or two in the closet. For the career she chose, Sunny's life is just more accessible. The CNN-IBN journalist was delusional if he misconstrued this accessibility as his privilege to try and disgrace the actress.
Aamir Khan, I think you owe a thank you note to Sunny Leone.
Before I conclude, I'd like to give special mention to another star: Aamir Khan. The craftsmanship he displayed in playing that curved ball which was not even meant for him has left me spellbound. You are the master of your art, and you milked the state of affairs masterfully. By extending your generosity to Sunny, you've gained back the favour of this country's audience which you fell out of owing to your "intolerance" comment. Aamir Khan, I think you owe a thank you note to Sunny Leone.