Mallika Sherawat rose to prominence because of her bold role in 2004 film Murder, alongside Emraan Hashmi. She chose to do such roles at a time when actresses could easily get stereotyped, and could also be seen in a poor light - as happened with her. The actress however maintains that it is a sign of a patriarchal society that men are able to get away with doing the same things that women are pulled up for.
Mallika has also pointed out how she was treated by the media for doing ‘bold scenes’ in films, while nobody asked the male actors anything. She also admitted that things have changed and that ‘frontal nudity’ is considered artistic in some films these days.
When asked why she was always targeted and never her male co-stars, she told BollywoodLife, “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 wasn't evolved, people would think differently. Plus, the media didn't support such scenes earlier, a certain section of the media.”
She further elaborated that the actresses who are doing nude scenes today are accepted. It is even considered artistic. She said, “But now, the media is very, very supportive, especially toward women, and even the society has evolved. Actresses now are doing frontal nudity and it's accepted, it's considered very artistic.”
Mallika Sherawat made her debut with ‘Khwahish’ in 2003. She was last seen in RK/RKAY which had a theatrical release in the US and Canada only. Directed by Rajat Kapoor, the film also featured Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Chandrachoor Rai, Kubbra Sait and Manu Rishi Chadha among others.
The actress has been away from showbiz for quite some time now, and has stayed in touch with her fans through social media. Mallika has now made a comeback with a new web series, titled Nakaab.
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