It's a dark day for Bollywood with a few significant names from the industry cropping up in a sting operation. Non-profit website Cobrapost conducted an investigation on Bollywood celebrities, exposing several of them who were negotiating a deal to promote BJP on their social media handles in exchange for cash. The list of the many renowned celebs who were ‘stung’ by Operation Karaoke includes Sunny Leone!
The Operation's reporters approached Sunny saying that they were from BJP and were aiming to promote the political party in digital platforms. They went on to explain to her that they required her to speak in favour of the party through her personal social media accounts, be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They further asked her to talk about only the ‘good works’ done by the party, with no defamation to other political parties. They added that she could talk about women-centric topics as well, like rape and women safety. Sunny reacted saying, “Okay that’s nice. I talk about only those things that I believe.” Elaborating the process, the reporters added that she was supposed to post at least five times a month and speak about the content which will be given by them. They also emphasised that their motive was primarily to make BJP win in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sunny responded saying, “Modi Sir made Daniel (her husband) an overseas citizen so of course, we will support him.” She was later informed that ‘the financial discussion’ has already taken place with Daniel.
A total of 36 celebrities were exposed in the operation. The names include playback singers Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal; actors Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Ameesha Patel, Mahima Chaudhry, Shreyas Talpade, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Pankaj Dheer and his son Nikitin Dheer, Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Salim Zaidi, Rakhi Sawant, Aman Verma, Hiten Tejwani and his wife Gauri Pradhan, Evelyn Sharma, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Poonam Pandey, comedians Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Rajpal Yadav, Upasana Singh, Krushna Abhishek, Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and dancer Sambhavana Seth.