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03 December 2023

Mallika’s perfect ten

By Manash Karnad/Sanskriti Media and Entertainment
Murder 3 is on the marquee and the film does not star Mallika Sherawat, but instead had Randeep Hooda romancing two women – Aditi Rai Hydari and Sara Loren. But then Mallika was the one who set the benchmark with the film and the temperatures soaring enough to make the film into a brand.
Mallika is known today only for three things – her boldness, her third film Murder and her obsession for Hollywood.
The actress who did Jeena Sirf Merre Liye as Reema Lamba and then kissed 17 times in Khwahish Mallika has worked in other films also but then they haven’t really made a mark. Ask Mallika as to why her life hasn’t moved and she says, “I choose to do lesser number of films and since I am also working in the west, I really need to be very careful about which film to work on and which one to reject,” she says.
Mallika debuted in 2002 with the Vashu Bhagnani film Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Tusshar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor played the leads in the film and Mallika did not have anything more than a cameo in the film and she blasted the producer after the film released to try and gain mileage. Then she worked in Govind Menon’s film opposite Himanshu Malik.
And then Anurag Basu and Mahesh Bhatt cast her in the film Murder opposite Emraan Hashmi and Mallika shot to fame overnight not just as the girl who went very bold, but also as the girl who refused to go nude to please the makers of the film. And then she worked in many films in the same genre, and when she tried to go different, she failed.
2005 saw Mallika work opposite Jackie Chan in the film The Myth in a nine minute cameo and it was actually touted as a big ticket movie, only for the audience to realise later that it wasn’t one.
“Jackie Chan is known all over the world and our Indian superstars are not known all over. That's the difference,” sauys Mallika haughtily throwing caution to the winds.
“Every actor is unique. No one is bigger than the other. Everyone has an image, a style and an USP. Each of them have their own fan following but then there are very few actors who are known all over the world and Jackie Chan is one of them,” she says slightly altering her statement.
It is evident that Mallika misses working in the big league opposite the Khans. Films haven’t either been written suiting her talent or perhaps she hasn’t fitted into those roles in the minds of the makers and her next film is Dirty Politics in Hindi and the Politics of Love in Hollywood.
We do hope that these two manages to get her somewhere.