With her next film Rk/RKay, Mallika Sherawat is all set to make a comeback on the big screen. During the film’s promotion, the actress revealed that some in the business only mentioned her figure and glitz, never her acting. She also stated that she completed a similar project 15 years ago and likened her 2004 film Murder to Deepika Padukone’s most recent film Gehraiyaan. Shakun Batra’s film, which stars Deepika, is directed and takes you on a trip into the intricate complexities of contemporary human interactions. Siddhanth Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, and Naseeruddin Shah were also included in the movie. On the other side, the Mallika and Emraan Hashmi-led film Murder, which Anurag Basu directed, received much attention for their steamy on-screen interactions.
At the time of the Murder, Mallika claimed to Prabhat Khabar that she had been subjected to mental torture by a industry segment because of her “bold image.” “Such hue and cry were created when I did Murder. People said all kinds of things about the kiss and the bikini. What Deepika Padukone did in Gehraiyaan, I did that 15 years ago, but people were too narrow-minded back then. I should tell you that a section of the industry and media was mentally torturing me. These people only talked about my body and glamour, not my acting. I worked in Dasavatharam, Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Welcome, but none talked about my acting.”
Talking about the changes she sees in the film industry, Sherawat said, “Earlier, the heroines were either too good, Sati-Savitri types who were too innocent to know anything, or they were the characterless vamps. These were the only two types of roles written for heroines. The change that we see now shows women as humans. She can be happy or sad. She can make mistakes and falter, and you love them despite all of that. The heroines are more confident about their bodies as well.”
Mallika Sherawat is now promoting her movie RK/RKay, which will be released in theatres on July 22. Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, Manu Rishi Chadha, Chandrachoor Rai, Abhijeet Deshpande, Abhishek Sharma, Grace Girdhar, and Vaishali Malhara all play significant roles in the Rajat Kapoor-written and -directed movie.