"I do miss parantha, lassi and paneer but to maintain my figure I have to miss out. I have a soft corner for chocolates. However, once in a week I make sure to have paranthas."
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME: Mallika Sherawat has a healthy sip at The Park's Residence Lounge in New Delhi. Photos: Anu Pushkarna.
ALLERGIC TO clothes, rabidly hostile to morality brigade, Mallika's love for her form borders hedonism. In fact, apart from her caste tag that she flaunts every other minute, it is the figure talk that satiates the latest free spirit of Hindi film industry.
So where does food figure in her scheme of things? "I am a vegetarian and believe in health food and hate everything oily. I take lots of salad and juices to maintain the fluid balance and try to make sure a healthy protein and vitamins count in my food. Also I am passionate about working out two hours in the gym every day," says Mallika limiting herself to orange juice at Residence Lounge of The Park for reasons that are not far from obvious.
Oozing to talk about her "Murder" and the new grounds that she has broken for female artists with bold portrayals of modern woman who proffers to buy condoms for her husband in "Khwahish" and breaks the conjugal fetters for corporal desires in her latest act, Mallika maintains, "I am playing characters which heroines do after completing 20 films. But it is a man's world, the moment you try to break through, questions are raised. `Murder' brings out the loneliness a woman feels inside marriage if her man floods her just with costly objects."
Turn her attention towards the way she seems to be consciously attracting headlines by making shocking statements about her sex appeal, her habit to go to bed without clothes, the libido that she is looking for in her dream man besides the alleged opposition she had to face within her own family and Mallika turns lethal. "The problem with media is if you don't take it into confidence, it portrays you as snooty and if you share everything it turns twitchy. People are finding it difficult to come to terms that a Jat girl from Rohtak has made it big in the highly competitive industry."
Well, the caste tag is back, doesn't she miss rich Haryanvi food. "Yes, I do miss parantha, lassi and paneer but for figure I have to miss out. I also have a soft corner for chocolates. However, once in a week I make sure to have paranthas."
Does she cook herself? "No, I have suffered a lot because of this during my struggle days. But now I have hired a Jat boy from Haryana to cook for me."
Surprised by her obsession and craft to bring the word during conversation, one switches to her other favourite - the need for skin exposure to present the touching issues. And this time ended up astonished as Mallika blurts out a chronological account of exposure in Hindi cinema from Shobhna Samarth's smooch to Raj Kapoor's fixation with flesh. "Do you still expect meeting of flowers for kiss. Times have changed and everybody is a censor of his own," Mallika's words start overlapping with Mahesh Bhatt's take on modern woman, has she found her godfather?
"He is a great guide and I have learnt a lot from him about life. However, I have yet to find a godfather. I am still a struggler. Still I feel happy when I see myself on huge hoardings on the highways. At least a common small town girl reached this far."
What's next? "Divergence. For the first time I would be seen in a U-certificate film, `Kis Kis Ki Kismat' with Dharmendraji where I am playing a dumb college going girl." Really, a glam doll with a difference!
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