Mallika Sherawat is one of the hottest actresses in Bollywood. In the early 2000s, she was known for taking non-traditional roles in Bollywood. Mallika became popular with her 2003 film Khwahish. She had 17 kissing scenes in the movie with co-actor Himanshu Malik. With bold scenes in the 2004 movie Murder, she became a sensation. In a recent interview, Mallika Sherawat revealed that she has never worked with prominent Bollywood actors despite being successful in that era. She gave the reason that they expected her to compromise. Talking to Pinkvilla, Mallika said,
“The only reason I have lost out on roles is because I refused to give in to male actors, big stars who wanted certain things from me, who wanted me to compromise. You know I come from Haryana, I have a lot of self respect, and a lot of pride. I said I will not compromise. I don’t need to be in your big movies, that’s why till date I have never acted with any A-lister male hero, and besides that, I have survived, and that itself is a testimony.”
During the interview, Mallika stated that she has never faced the casting couch ‘directly.’ She added,
“I haven’t faced it directly… My rise to stardom, I was very lucky, it was very easy. I came to Mumbai, I got Khwahish and Murder. I didn’t have to struggle much. But after the movies, because Murder was such a bold movie, and that kind of a bold image was established, a lot of male actors started taking a lot of liberties with me, and they said if you can be so bold onscreen, so you can be bold with us in person also.”
Mallika said that the big stars never worked with her because they could not differentiate between the on-screen and the off-screen persona. She shared,
“They did not differentiate between the onscreen and offscreen persona, so that is where I faced a lot of difficult situations, because I am a very strong woman, and I would tell the male actor, ‘I am sorry, I am not going to compromise’. I haven’t come to Bollywood to compromise, I have come here to make a career. That’s why they have never worked with me.”
Mallika Sherawat has worked in movies like Kis Kis Ki Kismat, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Welcome, Ugly Aur Pagli, Dirty Politics, among others. She is recently seen in the web series Nakaab streaming in the MX Player.