Sunny Leone is no stranger to controversies. The Bollywood diva who has worked hard to make her way but is still facing acceptance issues in India.
A pro-Kannada group, identified as Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene, threatened to commit mass suicide over Sunny’s participation in a New Year’s Eve performance in Bengaluru, reported Indian media.
Protesting in front Manyata Tech Park, the group burnt her posters and condemned her programmes as an assault on Karnataka’s culture.
The president of the organisation, Harish said that he wouldn’t mind if the actress wears a saree and performs.
India Today’s report quoted the state president of the protesting group as saying, “We are against Sunny wearing short clothes. If she wears a saree and takes part in the event, even we’ll go watch her. Sunny doesn’t have a good past. We shouldn’t be encouraging such people. We will not hesitate to commit suicide on 31 December.”
Taking notice of the incident, the Karnataka government has denied her permission to perform at a New Year’s Eve show in Bengaluru.
“We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka high court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year’s Eve,” said home minister R Ramalinga Reddy.
He added that they decided not to grant permission considering that her fans in Kochi went berserk during her visit there in August. “We took feedback from Kochi police before taking the decision,” Reddy added.
However, the good news is that Leone is all set to host the Indian version of Man vs Wild and the actress is very ecstatic about this upcoming venture saying, “I’m extremely excited to be part of such a popular show and the channel. This will give me a chance to showcase my adventurous side, which has never been seen before by television viewers.”
The version titled Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone will be telecast in Hindi on the soon-to-be-launched channel Discovery JEET.