Anurag Kashyap On Why He Chose Sunny Leone For ‘Kennedy’: ‘I Needed A Woman Over 40, Who Is…

New Delhi: After the appreciation Anurag Kashyap directorial ‘Kennedy’ received at Cannes Film Festival 2023, the movie’s cast Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat have been on cloud nine. Earlier, before walking the red carpet along with Sunny and Rahul Bhat, Anurag Kashyap revealed in an interview why he chose Sunny Leone for the role of Charlie in the film. Speaking to Film Companion, Anurag Kashyap also confessed to never seeing any of Sunny’s films. 

“I swear I have never seen her films, ever. I have seen her interviews. There is a certain sadness in her eyes. There has been a life in the past. I needed a woman over 40, who is sexualised by men around her, men who are in their 50s and 60s. I don’t need to see the act of sex and all that. I need to see this woman who is also dealing with it, also handling it, also using it all in order to survive and navigate. In Sunny, I found a woman who came with all those things inbuilt.” Anurag Kashyap told Film Companion.

He added, “Second, I am very aware of the amount of money that she is paid in the market. I said this is not the kind of film. That question never never came up. She was just so happy and overwhelmed and said, ‘the fact you are thinking of me for this, I will do it.’ She really slogged, she really worked hard and that shows.”

Not a lot is revealed about Sunny’s character in ‘Kennedy’, barring a glimpse of the actor in the teaser. She is seen laughing after getting into a lift with Rahul Bhat.

Last year, in an interview with Hindustan Times, Sunny Leone told Hindustan Times about her experience of working with Anurag Kashyap. She said, “He is amazing, very chill and laid back. I loved working with him. He was very serious about what he wanted from me and I tried to deliver that and he is happy, so that makes me happy.”

Opening up about her audition for the film, she had said, “I was very nervous during the audition. It was nerve-wracking because he invited the entire office. All those working on the film were sitting there. The funniest part was it turned out like a test, he went around asking everyone, “What do you think? Does she fit in the role?”


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