At the recent celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Rang De Basanti when Aamir Khan was asked about Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, the actor gracefully said that he had no problems in working with her in a film. While the question was addressed only to Aamir, writer Prasoon Joshi aired his views on Sunny Leone and her past adult profession.
Criticising her choices and terming it as wrong, Prasoon Joshi said, “I would like to say that you can have a comment on someone’s professional choice. Because it is not necessary that every profession has to be a good one and if it is not a good profession, it should be criticised. I would like to say this. Sometimes we start praising a profession to the skies. It is important that the profession which is connected to our lives should do great work for the society. It should do something positive for the society.” (Read: Wasn’t comfortable with few scenes in ‘Mastizaade’: Sunny Leone)
Prasoon Joshi made it clear that while he has no respect for Sunny Leone’s past profession, he wouldn’t disrespect the actress. “I don’t respect Sunny Leone’s profession. I wouldn’t want our youth to get inspired by her profession. But because of that to make a person feel as an accused and disrespect her is not something that one should do. But this should not be taken to mean that if someone is a drug dealer by profession that should be seen as his personal work. I will not respect that profession. And I will say that you shouldn’t be doing this. But that doesn’t mean that when that comes before me will I disrespect him or her. I wouldn’t. My culture doesn’t allow me. But I will not praise her profession. If there is a profession which doesn’t play a constructive role in building a great society we need to criticise it as well. It’s a free society. People have choices to make, and if choices are not great those should be criticised. Somewhere one should draw a fine line.”