Sunny's work permit was revoked at the last minute.
Sunny Leone has been denied entry to Bangladesh after her work permit was cancelled.
She was set to visit Dhaka to shoot her film Soldier.
Directed by Shamim Ahamed Roni, Soldier excited fans.
However, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting cancelled Sunny’s work permit, citing “unavoidable circumstances”.
While the reason behind the cancellation has not been disclosed, there is speculation that some Islamic groups did not want the actress to enter Bangladesh.
They reportedly threatened to protest if Sunny entered the country.
On March 2, 2022, the ministry had allowed 11 artistes, including Sunny Leone, to enter Bangladesh to film Soldiers.
But Sunny’s work permit was revoked at the last minute.
Meanwhile, the other 10 crew members are still allowed to enter Bangladesh.
They are – Koushani Mukherjee, Rahul Dev Kaushal, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Rajatava Dutta, Baraj Kal, Shantilal Mukherjee, Kharaj Mukherjee, Vikram Anand Sabharwal, Debasish Mukherjee and Supreme Dutt.
Shooting reportedly started on March 5 and will continue until September 4, 2022, under certain conditions.
This is not the first time that Sunny Leone has been banned from entering Bangladesh.
In 2015, she was denied entry to the country and prevented from attending a cultural event as several Islamic groups staged protests against her which ultimately led to the cancellation of her trip.
Sunny also featured in the Bangladeshi music video ‘Dustu Polapan’.
While the video took the internet by storm, Sunny received backlash from some Bangladeshi groups.
Previously in 2018, protestors in Bengaluru were outraged at filmmakers for casting Sunny Leone as the titular character for Veermahadevi.
The drama was about the warrior queen who is revered in the area.
Members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike considered Sunny Leone’s portrayal of the warrior queen as an insult to their culture.
They cited Sunny’s past profession as an adult film star to paint her as a threat to Indian culture.
They raised slogans and insulted her effigy with a garland of slippers, eventually burning it.
The group also burned posters of the film.
Harish Kumar, president of KRV’s Yuva Sena, had said: “If Sunny Leone plays this role, it will be an insult to our culture.”
They had declared to prevent her from entering the city.
Harish continued: “We will not let this happen.
“This is also disrespect to the (Chola) dynasty which built several temples in Karnataka and it’s our duty to ensure their image is not damaged.
“We staged a demonstration against the event… It’s not just about the show here. There is much more to it.
“The actress is going to play the lead role in a period film based on a woman warrior from South India.
“If the movie is not banned, we will not allow Sunny to enter our Garden city.”