In 2015, producer and distributor Bharat Patel released his film Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi that starred Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal in lead roles. The film was supposed to feature a dance number by Sunny Leone. But due to certain circumstances, the idea had to be scrapped.
Now, Patel has alleged that Sunny was paid the signing amount of ₹5 lakh for the song, but neither did she do the song nor has returned the money. However, a source close to Sunny has a different story to tell.
Patel reveals that when he had approached Sunny to do a special dance number for his film, her husband Daniel Weber, who also manages her work, discussed the monetary details with him. “According to the deal, Sunny was supposed to be paid a total of ₹40 lakh for the song – ₹5 lakh as signing amount, ₹5 lakh after the look test, ₹10 lakh during the rehearsals and the remaining ₹10 lakh during the promotions,” says Patel.
He adds, “Sunny was paid Rs 5 lakh as the signing amount but after that when she was called to discuss the dates with the other actors and the other details that needed to be finalised before the shoot, she did not respond to the production team’s calls and messages.” Patel says that he has also sent a legal notice to Sunny in 2017 to get the signing amount back, but did not get a response for the same.
However, a source close to Sunny rubbishes the producer’s version and says that the actress was ready to shoot for the song and had also allotted specific dates for it. “But there was a lot of back and forth on the dates and the makers kept changing the shoot dates. As a result, Sunny allotted her free dates to other projects. She’s a professional. How would she keep dealing with so much back and forth?”
After a successful Bigg Boss stint, Sunny Leone entered Bollywood in 2012 with Pooja Bhatt's Jism. This was followed by roles in films like Ragini MMS 2 and Ek Paheli Leela. But it was Sunny's popular dance numbers that helped her garner attention, including Baby Doll, Pink Lips, etc.
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