“There was some bullying and harassment from a certain section of the media,” says Mallika Sherawat on her experience in Bollywood
Mallika Sherawat: “I was the first Indian actor to do a film with Jackie Chan. I auditioned for the role along with several other female actors. But I witnessed so much of hypocrisy following it.”
After working on a bunch of international productions, Mallika Sherawat got back to India and makes her digital debut with The Story and afterward followed it up with Booo Sabki Phategi and Nakaab. Right now going for her another web show, the actress lets us know that she wants to be the center of the digital space now.
“Digital space is revolutionalising Indian cinema. I finally believe that the directors are writing complex female characters. Traditional Bollywood cinema is formulaic. You wouldn’t see a role that Shefali Shah played in Delhi Crime in a Bollywood movie,” she says.
During the 2000s, Sherawat earned the tag of probably the boldest actress for intimate her scenes in Khwahish (2003) and Murder (2004). Ask her about it and she reviews, “I was the first Indian actor to do a film with Jackie Chan. I auditioned for the role along with several other female actors. But I witnessed so much of hypocrisy following it. I felt no one was feeling happy seeing a small town girl, who came to Mumbai to make her career, travel abroad for film festivals. There was some bullying and harassment from a certain section of the media too. I couldn’t bear it and I thought it’s best to leave the country.”
However, she didn’t allow it to deter her. As Sherawat turns a year older today, she accepts she has advanced and is glad doing the very thing she cherishes the most, shooting. Is there something she’s especially anticipating in the following year? “I don’t want to do loud roles. I want to play some realistic characters. I want to dabble in both Indian and international cinema. The industry in the West isn’t working in full capacity yet. But I’m reading scripts and will shoot soon.”