Mallika Sherawat on why she was picked for "bold scenes," while her male co-stars got away with "everything"
Mallika Sherawat talks about why she was always criticised for doing bold scenes , wherein people never said a word to male actors doing the same.
Mallika Sherawat is one of Bollywood's most well-known actresses. She made her debut with Khwahish and quickly became linked with kissing and lovemaking scenes. She pushed the boundaries of Bollywood at a time when such scenes were looked upon.
For the unfamiliar, the actress's controversial content drew the attention of the moral police. Her 17 smooches in her first film, or her daring scenes in films such as Emraan Hashmi's Murder, made headlines at the time. Now, the actress discusses how she has been singled out by moral police while her male co-stars, such as Emraan Hashmi and Rahul Bose, have not.
Speaking it with Bollywood Life, Mallika Sherawat said,
That’s what the patriarchal system is. It’s always the women who are always targeted , not the men. Not only in India, but that’s all over the world. Men walk away with everything, they can get away with everything, it’s like they (those who target) blame the woman for everything. I don’t know why, but more so in India, I feel. I also think society hasn't evolved, people would think differently. Plus, the media didn’t support such scenes (bold scenes) earlier, a certain section of the media. But now, the media is very, very supportive, especially toward women, and even society has evolved. Actresses now are doing frontal nudity and it’s accepted, it’s considered very artistic- Mallika Sherawat
Previously, the actress expressed disappointment at not being cast in the sequel to her film Welcome. In the 2007 film, she co-starred with Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Anil Kapoor, and Nana Patekar.
“Welcome ka sequel banega toh director apni girlfriend ko hi dalega na usmein,” Mallika Sherawat told Pinkvilla. If a sequel to Welcome is made, the director will only cast his girlfriend. He cast his girlfriend in Welcome 2 when it was made. What should I do now)?”