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Mallika Sherawat: I Was Thrown Out Of Films For Refusing To Intimate Off-Screen

She recalls a national TV interview with a senior journalist who asked her “horrendous, overtly sexual questions” but no one came to rescue.

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More than a decade ago, actor Mallika Sherawat shocked the audience with her uninhibited expression of sexuality on-screen, but she says the image came with a price as people, including directors and co-stars, though she would easily “compromise”.

Mallika, who shot to fame with “Murder” in 2004, became synonymous with everything bold on-screen. The actor says this image became a point for people to pass judgements on her character. In an interview with PTI, Mallika says, “There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on screen then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened with me too.

“I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’ I’ve lost so many projects. It’s very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country.”

The 41-year-old actor says she was aware that her film choices were unconventional and believes she could have done much better if she “wasn’t swimming against the tide”.

“I’m a very headstrong woman, I can’t compromise. I have a lot of pride and self-respect. There were times when directors have called me and said ‘come to me at 3 am.’

“I was so scared to talk about it because I thought they are going to blame me, that I must’ve behaved in such a way that prompted the director to say this. There is that victim blaming mentality which exists in our society and I always felt scared to talk about these things.”

The initial phase of her career was interesting for Mallika as on one hand, her stardom was on the rise but on the other, she constantly felt being judged for her choices.

“When people judged me, it made me very insecure, overly critical of myself and question everything I did. It’s not a healthy space. At that time, a large section of the media was antagonistic towards me. They were always interested in sensationalism, which hurt me.

“My story, where I come from and what I battled, was overlooked, and it was all about how many kissing scenes I had. It made me insecure because I thought I had so much more to offer. But there was only one aspect of mine being highlighted and I really suffered because of that.”

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She recalls a national TV interview with a senior journalist who asked her “horrendous, overtly sexual questions” but no one came to rescue. flickr

She recalls a national TV interview with a senior journalist who asked her “horrendous, overtly sexual questions” but no one came to rescue.

“I cringe when I watch it today. I had just begun my career, ‘Murder’ had released and I was so intimidated by this lecherous old man. There was no support for me, I felt so lonely, that was so painful.” Mallika has shared one of her “traumatic” experiences on ZEE5’s “The Story”, a web series which chronicles real life incidents of actors.

The episode, which recently went online, features the story of a crazy stalker from Haryana who tried to kill the actor before the police nabbed him.

“He used to tell me, why do you wear short skirts, you’re giving Indian culture a bad name, why can’t you wear sari. I thought why are you telling me what to wear and is this an invitation for you to misbehave with me?

Also read: Mallika Sherawat Wants To Be The Voice Of Women Who Don’t Have One

“I thought, ‘let’s do this episode’, even though it was traumatic to relive that again. In the episode, we talked about self-defence. I had to put my story out there,” she adds. (IANS)

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New Film-Making Process is The Best Thing Happened to Indian Cinema: Shabana Azmi

Shabana had a candid conversation on 92.7 BIG FM where she spoke about acting workshops, importance of scripts and a host of other engaging topics, read a statement.

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Veteran actress Shabana Azmi says the filmmaking process has developed in the country which she considers to be the best thing that has happened to Indian cinema.

Shabana had a candid conversation on 92.7 BIG FM where she spoke about acting workshops, importance of scripts and a host of other engaging topics, read a statement.

“What is good about today’s movies is that there are acting workshops organised with an intent to bring a familiarity between the actors and characters which is essential for any film,” Shabana said.

“This also helps the actors in understanding the director’s vision in a proper way. Today, actors have well-researched scripts in their hand which wasn’t the case with us earlier.

“I always used to feel strange about it, especially working with child actors. The filmmaking process has developed which I feel is the best thing that has happened to the Indian cinema,” added the actress, who has shared screen space with former child actors like Jugal Hansraj, Urmila Matondkar and Shweta Prasad.

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On the changes that Bollywood has gone through over the years, she said: “When I listen to today’s music, especially when it comes to their lyrics, I find it absurd. The quality has gone down, unfortunately.”(IANS)