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Mallika Sherawat is an Indian actress who appears mainly in Bollywood films. Known for her bold onscreen attitude, Mallika Sherawat has been frequently featured in the media as a sex symbol. She is one of the few Bollywood stars trying to crossover to Hollywood, with films like Hisss and Politics of Love.
Mallika Sherawat was born Reema Lamba in Rohtak, Haryana to a Jat family. Mallika Sherawat was born in the family of Seth Chhaju Ram, a leading Jat philanthropist. She was born on 24 October, though the year is unknown. She adopted the screen name of “Mallika“, meaning “empress”, to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema. “Sherawat” is her mother’s maiden name She has stated that she uses her mother’s maiden name because of the support that her mother has provided her. Although relations with her family were strained when she entered the film industry, now Mallika Sherawat‘s family have accepted her career choice and reconciled their relations.
Sherawat went to school at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She has obtained a degree in philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. During the initial days of her career, she claimed to have come from a very conservative small town family, and that she faced many hurdles from her family in pursuing her career.
However, Mallika Sherawat‘s family has refuted this as a story created by her to give her an aura of a small town rustic girl who made it big in Bollywood. It has been reported that she was married for a short while to a Jet Airways pilot Captain Karan Singh Gill.
Before entering films, Mallika Sherawat appeared in television commercials with Amitabh Bachchan for BPL and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also appeared in Nirmal Pandey‘s Maar Dala and Surjit Bindrakhia‘s Lak Tunoo music video. She debuted in films with a small role in Jeena Sirf Merre Liye where she was credited as Reema Lamba.
Mallika Sherawat attracted notice with her appearance in the 2003 film, Khwahish. In 2004, she starred in Murder, a film inspired by Hollywood’s Unfaithful. She received a nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards for her performance in Murder. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.
Since then, Mallika Sherawat has been known for expressing her opinions in public, as well for the reaction to some of her statements.
In 2005, Sherawat acted in The Myth, a Chinese film, co-starring with Jackie Chan. She played the role of an Indian girl who saves Chan’s character from a river. The Myth was her first International film. Her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the film grabbed a lot of attention with Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss calling her “the next big thing”.
Her performance in the 2006 film Pyaar Ke Side Effects, co-starring Rahul Bose, won her praise from around the industry, and the film also did moderately well at the box office.
Her first release in 2007 was Mani Ratnam’s Guru, in which she appeared in a special song, “Mayya Mayya“. She also played a guest role in Himesh Reshammiya‘s Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story and reportedly charged Rs. 15 million for a 10-minute appearance. Her last release of 2007 was Welcome, which also did well at the box office receiving blockbuster status.
Her 2008 releases were Ugly Aur Pagli and Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam. Both films were unsuccessful at the box office.
Mallika Sherawat‘s next Bollywood release was Double Dhamaal, which went on to becoming a moderate success at the box office, receiving above average status at the box office, by Box Office India. She also appeared in item numbers in films such as Thank You (Razia Gundon Mein Phas Gayi), Bin Bulaye Baraati (Shalu Ke Thumkey} and in Osthi (Kalasala), which is a Tamil film.
In 2012, she also featured in an item number in Tezz (Laila). As of May 2012, Sherawat is expected to appear in two films which will feature her in full fledged roles, which are Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, in which she will be essaying the role of a Haryanvi, and Lucky Unlucky.
Name: Mallika Sherawat
Born: Reema Lamba, 24 October, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Years active: 2002–present
Mallika Sherawat literally exploded on the Indian screen in 2003 in the groundbreaking film Khwahish and created history by opening the doors to kissing in the Indian cinema and has gone on to become the original Bollywood Bombshell. She went on to star in “Murder”, the biggest box office success of 2004, which again broke new ground in the depiction of extra-marital affairs.
After having graced every cover from Cosmopolitan, Filmfare, Femina, Man’s World and the London based Snoop magazine, she’s gone on to experiment with a variety of roles in Kis Kis Ki Kismat, Bachke Rehna Rebaba, Shaadi Se Pehle and Darna Zaroori Hai.
In between she became the first Indian actress to star in a Jackie Chan movie (The Myth), which took her to Cannes and Toronto and her pictures were splashed across magazines and newspapers all across the world including Time magazine.
With her 7Up commercials on air, a great line up of films and a variety of roles with new and established directors; Mallika Sherawat is poised to rock the world.
- 2002 Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Seema (Special appearance) Credited as Reema Lamba
- 2003 Khwahish Lekha Khorzuvekar
- 2004 Kis Kis Ki Kismat Meena Madhok
- 2004 Murder Simran Saigal
- 2005 Bachke Rehna Re Baba Padmini a.k.a. Paddu/Alka/Meera
- 2005 The Myth Samantha Chinese film
- 2006 Pyaar Ke Side Effects Trisha
- 2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Sania
- 2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Riya
- 2007 Guru Champa Special appearance in item number
- 2007 Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story Ruby
- 2007 Preeti Yeke Bhoomi melide Special appearance in item number Kannada film
- 2007 Welcome Ishika
- 2008 Dasavathaaram Jasmine Tamil film
- 2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Kuhu
- 2008 Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam Shabnam
- 2010 Hisss Naagin English, Hindi crossover film
- 2011 Thank You Razia Special appearance in item number
- 2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati Shalu Special appearance in item number
- 2011 Double Dhamaal Kamini
- 2011 Politics of Love Aretha Gupta English film
- 2011 Osthe Special appearance in item number
- Tamil film
- 2012 Tezz Special appearance in item number
- 2012 Kismat Love Paisa Dilli Filming
- 2012 Lucky Unlucky
Sherawat is her mother’s last name and mallika means the empress so she changed the name to Mallika Sherawat.
Mallika Sherawat‘s birthday is on 24th October.
The cost of the diamonds that Mallika Sherawat wore at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 was Rs 45 million. They were sponsored by Orra Diamonds. Nine sets of jewelery were especially designed for Mallika, including diamond studded necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
…At one of these was Jackie Chan, who unabashedly loves being Jackie Chan. He was escorting the co-star of his new film The Myth, Bollywood sex goddess Mallika Sherawat, a young woman so gorgeous, curvaceous and genial, and so open in her ambition to be the next big thing, that she surely will be. Striding down the Croisette, making the paparazzi pop their bulbs, Sherawat summoned old-timers’ memories of a festival 50 years ago, when the vision of the young Brigitte Bardot on the beach first sold the the world on the notion of this Riviera resort as the home for unbuttoned movie glamour. The movies may have grown more dour, but the stars still make it smile…
-By RICHARD CORLISS, time.com
Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat, whose warm smile and tight dresses restored Cannes’s rep as a showcase for steamy glamour.
-TIME magazine (time.com)