TORONTO (April 17, 2017) – HBO Canada presents an intimate window into the life of Sarnia, Ontario’s own Sunny Leone (formerly Karenjit Kaur Vohra), a polarizing figure whose unconventional career trajectory from adult entertainment to Bollywood cinema has earned her fame and fortune (and no shortage of criticism). An Original TMN Documentary, MOSTLY SUNNY premieres Monday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO Canada. Following its television premiere on HBO Canada, the documentary will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.
“The story of Sunny Leone is fascinating because it touches on so many relevant and conflicting themes,” says Director Dilip Mehta. “On one hand it’s an immigrant story – but a story unlike any other. At the same time, it’s a reflection of how in India, culture, and religion continue to be a source of conflict with the ‘Western’ way of life”.
MOSTLY SUNNY is a candid portrait of Karenjit Kaur Vaura, born into an immigrant Sikh family and raised in Sarnia, Ont. After the family moved to Orange County, California, Vaura adopted the name Sunny Leone and embarked on a wildly successful career in adult films. The documentary traces Sunny Leone’s remarkable career arc from porn star to Bollywood actress. Shunned by the Indian community in her Ontario hometown, Sunny Leone has reinvented herself in mainstream popular cinema in India where she’s adored by millions of men and women who love her despite of – or because of – her history as a porn star.
Commissioned by Bell Media’s The Movie Network, MOSTLY SUNNY is produced by Ballinran Entertainment in association with Hamilton-Mehta Productions with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit program, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Mongrel Media is the film’s international sales agent. David Hamilton and Craig Thompson are executive producers. Dilip Mehta is the director. Deepa Mehta (Anatomy of Violence serves as the creative consultant and shares the co-writer credit along with Dilip Mehta and Craig Thompson. Decebal Dascau is the editor and Dilip Mehta is the director of photography. For Bell Media, production executives are Kathleen Meek and Tina Apostolopoulos . Robin Johnston is Director, Factual and Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.