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Shanghai sojourn

Sizzling Mallika Sherawat on "Kis kiski Kismat" and her chemistry with Dharmendra

Mallika Sherawat: setting the screen on fire

WHEN YOU go to watch Kis Kiski Kismat leave your brains at home, says actress Mallika Sherawat. And if that is not a qualifier for the film, which hit the theatres last Friday, then, she adds, "This time garam Dharam and naram Mallika are going to set the screen on fire."

Well, well, Mallika, at the top of her voice continues, "I guarantee that people from all nook and corner will come to watch my film." And here, there could be a reason — the Censor Board did not clear 12 promos of the film to be screened on television but they are very much in the film.

The lady though is more than a tad livid about it. "The censor scissors did not clip the shot where tennis player Anna Kournikova's skirt flies up in the air. There is also no ban on MTV, FTV and the vulgarity on the Net. But the Censor Board has cut some of the shots in the film without viewing properly," says Mallika, adding that Indian films' portrayal of women is senseless. "My roles are real and forthright," says the actress, the skin-show notwithstanding.

Comedy film

Being sold as "out and out comedy", Kis Kiski Kismat, Mallika says, "proved to be tough for her as it was difficult to look funny and sexy at the same time".

Mallika is bowled over by Dharmendra, who sees the film as his comeback vehicle. "I was nervous when I first reached the sets. It was this man whose photographs my nani would hide in her books, my mother followed it in her teens and now their third generation is working with him. It was like a dream come true. Moreover, Dharamji made me feel comfortable and said "chalo hamare Haryana se koi ladki to aayi". We both Jats are all set to make history. Moreover, my personal graph says that I get along better with oldies than young people," she smiles.

Talking more about her film roles, Mallika says, "I play real life in my films. We do have flings and extra marital affairs, we do go out with boy friends, kiss and get physically intimate. I am just showing on screen whatever happens in our society. The Censor Board should know what today's youth want." According to Mallika, she has portrayed her "dream role" in Kis... but her forthcoming film with Jackie Chan The Myth is "rollicking". "In The Myth I play an Indian princess who saves Jackie Chan from a dangerous situation, and we fall in love. I had to do few stunt scenes with him. It is difficult to match his energy level. I got bruises all over and my body is still aching."

And no, she does not forget to "tell people" that she is widely recognised in Shanghai. "My fame reached there before I did. Would you believe in South East Asia, the producers did a press conference when I was there, and 50,000 people attended it." Well, company matters, Mallika!

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Mallika meter

Mallika hails from Rohtak and started with advertisements of Roohafzah and Amul innerwear.

Made her film debut with a small role in Jeena Sirf Merre Liye starring Kareena Kapoor.

Noticed for her bold portrayal of a married woman in Govind Menon's Khwahish and hit headlines with Murder, one of the hits of 2004.

Next is The Myth with Jackie Chan in which she plays an Indian princess.


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