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    Sunny Leone on hosting MTV Splitsvilla 9,  painting her hair blue, and pink,  and the rules of relationships

    2016 has been a busy year for Sunny Leone. She has had two film releases (Mastizaade, and One Night Stand), and is excited about Beiimaan Love hitting theatres in August. Meanwhile, she wrote an e-book of 12 short erotic stories, Sweet Dreams, and launched her perfume line, Lust. She also has plans to roll out a range of lipsticks, nail polish, mascara, and lotions. And last month, she made time for her third appearance on dating reality show, MTV Splitsvilla, as its host.
    She had a fun time shooting for the soon-to-be-aired Season 9 of MTV Splitsvilla in Pondicherry, and that’s her philosophy — Life is too short, have fun.The adult star-turned-Bollywood actress recalls, “We shot at the Ocean Spray resort. It’s so beautiful that I can stay there forever. Also, my co-host (Rannvijay Singha) would say some of the most outrageous things in the heat of the moment, and then we both wouldn’t stop laughing.”
    A look at her recent Instagram and Facebook posts, and you will know Leone has been in an experimental mode lately. She is sporting a blue and pink hairdo. She laughs, and tells us, “That’s for this show! When you are doing movies, or promoting them, you can’t really experiment with your hairstyle. But since Splitsvilla is a young show, I told my hairstylist, who is from Prague, and makeup artiste, who is from Germany, ‘You guys do whatever you want to do for the next 30 days’. So you will see me in 60-70 looks on the show, sporting blue-purple,
    electric blue and pink hair colours.”

    Guiding light
    Amid all the fun, Leone and Singha have a serious task at hand, which is to guide 15 celebrity boys, and girls staying in the villa to find ‘love’. This hunt is strewn with challenging tasks, jealousy, hatred, and fights. While Leone doesn’t divulge details about this year’s theme ‘Where Women Rule’, she shares, “It’s the connection between individuals, be it friendship, love or romance, that play a huge role in Splitsvilla. These connections take the game forward. On the show, Singha and I often hear these contestants saying that they want to keep their options open. But we tell them it’s all about finding that one connection. We look at things from the outside, not from an emotional standpoint.”
    Any relationship rules that she swears by? “Trust, compromise and respect,” says the Ragini MMS 2 star. While she does think that chivalry is desirable, “girls must not take advantage of the fact that they are girls,” and, “treat their men how they want themselves to be treated,” she adds.
    Being a celebrity inevitably puts your personal life in the spotlight, so how does Leone and her husband-cum-business manager, Daniel Weber handle this? “We are madly in love. He’s my best friend and I am his. We have nothing to worry about. There are times when I see girls hitting on him. He then gives me that ‘Aren’t you going to save me?’ look. It’s so cute to watch his face turn red. I know that he’s not going anywhere.”
    Premieres June 11. 7 pm on MTV

    — Barkha Kumari


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