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Flaming Sherawat

Sizzling as ever, daring as always, Mallika Sherawat comes clean with bold answers about her latest flim "Kis Kiski Kismat". RANA SIDDIQUI takes notes.

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: Mallika Sherawat

`LEAVE YOUR brains at home,' declares actress Mallika Sherawat, when you go to watch Kis Kiski Kismat. And if that is not a qualifier for the film which hit the theatres last Friday, then, here is another salvo: "This time garam Dharam and naram Mallika are going to set the screen on fire. Atom bombs will drop. Sky would fall... "

Well, well, Mallika, at the top of her voice bets too. "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. After all, the censor scissors did not clip the shot of tennis player Anna Kournikova when her skirt flew up in the air, and that there is no ban on MTV, FTV and internet vulgarity. The Board cut her shots without viewing properly, she fumes, adding that Indian films' portrayal of Indian women is stupid. "In a typical Hindi film, a heroine warns the hero, don't touch me, otherwise, I will become pregnant. Isn't it stupid? Does a girl in Indian society say that?" she queries. She says her roles in contrast are "real and forthright," her 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 very difficult to look funny and sexy at the same time".

In New Delhi to promote the film, Mallika is all bowled over by Dharmendra who is taking it as his comeback film."I was very 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 is like 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 claims. Talking more about her film roles, Mallika says, "I play real life in my films. We do have affairs and extra marital affairs, we do go out with boy friends, kiss on sets and get physically intimate so what if I am exposing them on screen? It happens in our society." "Censor has problem with my name. It should review its stand for my shots. It does not know what today's youth want?" she billows.

Dream role

What sounded like a slip of tongue, Mallika says she has portrayed her "dream role" in Kis... but her forthcoming film with Jackie Chan The Myth is "rollicking". In which she is playing "an Indian princess who saves Jackie Chan" when they land in a dangerous situation and they fall in love. "I had to do few stunt scenes with him on my own. It is very difficult to match his energy level. I got bruises all over and my body is aching till date," she says.

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 in which 50,000 people arrived? They have covered me so widely," she exclaims.

Well, company matters, Mallika!

Bold and blunt

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

Made 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 Myth with Jackie Chan where she is playing an Indian princess.

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