Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has roped in adult movie star Sunny Leone for erotic thriller Jism 2, insists that the film is conservative and traditional in a way.
Jism 2 is a sequel to the 2003 release of the same name, which starred Bipasha Basu and John Abraham in the lead.
"It is a conservative...traditional film in a way. It is about a journey of a porn star, her longing for real love. It is a journey of a woman from the lust market who peddles lust to people`s anguish. It is her quest for love," Bhatt told reporters here last night at a promotional event of Jism 2.
Jism 2 is of an erotic thriller genre. It is not right to think that it is only that.. there is emotional quotient in the film as well which is very different from other movies, he said.
Before zeroing on Indo-Canadian pornographic star Sunny Leone, Bhatt were toying with the idea of taking Mallika Sherawat or Bipasha Basu.
"We had Sunny in our mind since 2002, but things did not materalise then. We had also thought of Mallika and Bipasha, but Pooja Bhatt (director) felt both were not apt, she was not happy with it. She felt it would be like treading on the similar path. Then again we had an encounter with Sunny and Pooja was more than happy to have her in the film," Bhatt said.
"We saw Indianess in Sunny, she had a persona of a porn star and she fit the bill for Jism 2. The requirement of the film was that a girl who makes a living for herself through the path of sin but has a heart of gold," he said.
The sequel directed by Pooja will see actors Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh play Sunny Leone`s love interest. The film releases on August 3.