Posts tagged Mallika Sherawat
The ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director is all set to make his next film after a gap of almost a decade
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; June 3, 2013)
After a gap of almost a decade, Kundan Shah is all set to make his Bollywood comeback with producer Jayantilal Gada’s (Kahaani) next project.
Shah is best known for his films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa and Kya Kehna. His last release Ek Se Badhakar Ek in 2004 didn’t fare well at the box office.
The duo will start work on a film that was supposed to go on the floors five years back. The film, then titled Masquerade, was to star Mallika Sherawat. However, the makers are now looking for a younger actress to replace her.
Says Shah, “Yes, this project with Jayanti bhai is going on the floors soon. We are looking to replace Mallika.”
Shah is also busy working on the sequel of his iconic film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. The director says, “The script is ready and we hope to start work soon.”
Gada also confirmed the developments on their project.
WILL YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI MEET THE HUMONGOUS EXPECTATIONS?
One of the biggest films of the year, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, releases tomorrow and the expectations obviously are huge. After all, it features Ranbir Kapoor who is riding high with the stupendous success of ‘Barfi!’ and with some brilliant, award-winning performances. Moreover, Deepika Padukone stars opposite him and that they were in a relationship once makes the film bit more exciting for a section of audiences. Aditya Roy Kapoor who surprised with his rocking performance in Aashiqui 2 features in the film too in a supporting role along with Kalki Koechlin. Ayan Mukerji, who made an impressive directorial debut with Wake Up Sid, helms this biggie while Karan Johar is the producer. The theatrical trailer contributed significantly in generating excitement and the songs too have got a great response. The icing on the cake is also Ghagra track that boasts of Madhuri Dixit. The song arguably is disappointing but it’s a pleasure to see Madhuri looking her stunning best!
The opening is expected to be obviously huge and trade pundits are expecting it to take the biggest opening of the year (surpassing Race 2’s first day collections of around 14 crore). The opening weekend will be huge too, but the film needs a good word of mouth to sustain at the box office. Also, The Hangover 3 that releases on the same day can make a dent in its collections, albeit in a small way. But rest assured, the film shows promise and if it More >
B-Towners react to Mallika’s statements asking her to leave the country if it depresses her so much, and settle abroad )PS: Raakhee suggests a nudist colony for Ms Sherawat)
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 30, 2013)
Pooja Bhatt It is said that we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. While there are pockets of India that are way more regressive than even Afghanistan, there is another India that is way more progressive than Europe or America. India is too complex a nation to be reduced to a blurb. At the same time it is also a nation that permits everyone to have an opinion, no matter how banal or profound.
Divya Dutta Wonder why she said what she did! Isn’t she undermining all the Indian women achievers who’ve been given great opportunities by this country? She got her fame here. Women in this country are on par with their sisters in any part of the world.
Raakhee Gulzar Poor thing. She tried every trick, yet made no impact. If she says we’re regressive then she must leave, find herself a more suitable place of her choice. Maybe a nudist’s colony?
Amrita Puri The context in which Mallika spoke was ridiculous. She made it sound like she is the only progressive actor in this country. It’s a shame that she was given a platform where she presented such a false and unintelligent point of view.
Shibani Kashyap She shouldn’t be talking against India. It shows her lack of empathy with her roots and an absence of loyalty to the country that has given her name, fame and stardom. More >
Aarushi Nigam (BOMBAY TIMES; May 30, 2013)
So what if Mallika Sherawat was on the fringes of Cannes (not new) calling India regressive (not new) for publicity (not new)? Those slamming her for that reason are missing the point. For us, in her interview – or should we say, innerview? – to Variety,as soon as she started talking about her film, “Duurty Phaahlitics”, it was so hard to focus on anything else but her face – top half frozen with eyebrows pinned upwards and eyes wide open, lower half protruding in intervals (sorry, innervals) when she was putting on her LA-acquired American accent.Problem was, Mallika darling, why’d you remember suddenly that you were supposed to be going American, then forget it and get back to the Indian accent, and then remember being American again? As a bemused comment on a video sharing site read, “What’s this, a call center interview?”, we were wondering if the interviewers were also reminded of the last time they made a call about their broken washing machine.
“It’s about a woman who gets involved with a phaahlitician,who was a nurse,” she drawls, “and how she gets muuurrderred in the end. India is such a hypocritical sociery, where women are at the baaram of society (here,she decides to give both India and America credit by pronouncing ‘society’ both ways)”. Then she goes on to praise the subject of her film, who had the courage to stand up to the politician who “kind of (kind of?!) raped hurr, molested hurr, abused hurr”, and she More >
Cannes is all about stargazing on the red carpet and 100 years of Indian cinema has turned into 100 years of Bollywood, say Onir & Co. There’s money for a 4 crore starry party at Cannes, but back home, there aren’t many theatres for our festival-hopping films. onir lashes out at the double standards in India
Zinia Sen (THE TIMES OF INDIA; May 25, 2013)
Bollywood celebs may be preening on the Cannes red carpet, but back home, many festival films never get a proper release. Onir, who was instrumental in starting Save Indie Films at Cannes last year, lashes out against the culture of celeb worship, the travails of indie filmmakers and how 100 years of Indian cinema is turning into 100 years of Bollywood. Excerpts:
The celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema is grabbing eyeballs at Cannes. But all you see is Bollywood… The Hindi film industry comprises 25% of Indian cinema, but strangely, films from no other industry was thought good enough to be taken to Cannes. Also, around 4-6 crore is splurged on an India night at Cannes. Why do we need such a PR exercise when the films selected for Cannes don’t even get a proper release? Miss Lovely, which competed in the Un Certain Regard last year — a section higher than Directors’ Fortnight where Gangs of Wasseypur was screened — is yet to release in India. The same holds true for Peddlers (2012). Does the Ministry, while sanctioning budgets, ever check later if the films are releasing? Just being to Cannes is not enough when all of More >
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 27, 2013)
Seeing the hordes of Bollywood folk at the 66th Cannes film festival made an industry insider snidely remark that was it Cannes or Lokhandwala that was on view? The prestigious festival, which wrapped up over the weekend saw just about anyone and everyone at the event this year.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan may have made her 13th consecutive year appearance thanks to her brand endorsements while Anurag Kashyap over the years has all his films (either made or supported by him at the event) winning accolades.
Vidya Balan made her presence felt being part of the jury while Amitabh Bachchan due to his Hollywood film The Great Gatsby’s screening. As part of the 100 years celebrations of the Indian film industry there was also Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee and Zoya Akhtar.
While Sonam Kapoor makes it due to her endorsements and Nawazuddin Siddiqui due to his films but what about the rest? Fringe benefits? From Ameesha Patel to Poonam Dhillon and Rituparna Sengupta, Puja Gupta to Vishaka Singh and even a Sandeep Soparrkar. Not to forget Sherlyn Chopra and Mallika Sherawat — everyone appeared to be there primarily to showcase their designer threads (or disasters) at the red carpet.
Mallika needs no introduction at the festival. She knows how to make her presence felt either through her outfits ( she walked the red carpet with a python around her neck for her film Hisss in 2010) or through her motormouth ( about her dirty dance with Antonio More >
Mallika Sherawat makes outrageous statements in an interview in Cannes
Ram Kohli (DNA; May 26, 2013)
Mallika Sherawat’s statements in an interview to Variety magazine while in Cannes recently, is likely to make your jaw drop. She spoke about her new film Dirty Politics and about women’s rights in India and how that relates to the biopic.
She claimed, “India is such a hypocritical society where women are really at the bottom of society compared to men…” She continued in her ridiculous fake accent, “I was the first actress in India to kiss onscreen and wear a bikini. Imagine this in the 21st century. And instantly, I became a fallen women and a superstar at the same time. There is a moral code that this is what a leading lady can do. I did everything I was not supposed to do. I made a conscious decision to divide my time between LA and India. Now when I experience the social freedom in America, and go back to India, which is so regressive, it is depressing. There are many new young directors, filmmakers who are very inspired by American and European cinema. But that is a very small section. I want to make cinema that is meaningful. I was one of those actresses who said, ‘In the 21st century how are you going to show passion on screen? It cannot be symbolic anymore. We got to kiss onscreen.’
Dear Ms Sherawat, you are NOT the first actress in India to kiss and neither are you the first actress to wear a bikini. The first Indian actress to kiss onscreen was Devika Rani with More >
More and more Bollywood actresses are flaunting their ‘desi’ side on the red carpet at Cannes
Sujata Chakrabarti (MD-DAY; May 17, 2013)
Last year when Anurag Kashyap and Co (read cast of Gangs of Wasseypur) draped gamchas around their necks to beam at the global media at Cannes, the world sat up and took notice. Unarguably, desi fashion was having its spot in the sun amidst the razzle-dazzle of designer couture draped on the Hollywood biggies at the French Riviera. And with Sonam Kapoor sporting a classic ornate nath (nose ring) with her lace saree on the red carpet the day before, the quintessential elements associated with the Indian woman are out there for everyone to see.
There is no denying the popular argument these days how Bollywood has mostly graced Cannes on the red carpet instead of at the marquee. But a girl’s got to do what a girl got to do, some would argue. So from parading with a head- to- toe desi touch, our Bollywood girls have definitely put India on the world fashion map.
Back in 2005, when actress- filmmaker Nandita Das walked the red carpet in the French Riviera in a plain red silk saree, gajra, chokernecklace, maang tika, et al, fashion critics almost jumped out of their chairs.
There was a lone woman among hundreds of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana clad ladies who had dared to walk off the much trodden path of shimmering gowns and party frocks.
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A look at how one of Bollywood’s most brazen personalities is taking a rather steep dive
Jigar Shah & Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; May 11, 2013)
With the recent announcement of Mallika Sherawat’s upcoming reality dating show, The Bachelorette India, things seem more low than high for the Haryanvi bombshell.
What else can explain a television show in which she’s apparently searching for a beau who earns at least one lakh per month? When she made her debut with Khwahish and shared 17 onscreen kisses in it, the B-Town folks — and the general public — couldn’t help taking notice of her. It’s been about a decade since and Mallika Sherawat’s career appears to have gone through a lot of professional turmoils.
Although her first film got her noticed, it was Murder (2004) that set the tone for her filmography. The film co-starring Emraan Hashmi was a hit and Mallika became media’s darling thanks to her quick wit and bold personality. To top it all, she harboured global ambitions too by signing up for Jackie Chan’s The Myth. The movie was screened at Cannes amid much brouhaha — only to find that she had a short screen presence! However, thanks to limited acting skills and unlimited oomph factor, the 36-year-old remained in the race during the second half of last decade.
But as the years passed by, films with leading roles started drying and special appearances started growing.
In fact, Mallika didn’t have a single release in 2009 and followed up with a dud titled Hissss a year later. More >
Neha Maheshwri Bhagat (BOMBAY TIMES; April 30, 2013)
As she readies to be the object of attention on the desi version of the groom-seeking reality show The Bachelorette, Mallika Sherawat hopes TV will give her what Bollywood couldn’t.
So, will you get married on national television? I don’t know that. Finding true companionship is my priority. A lot of people fail to find it even after marriage. I am not promising marriage, but who knows what will happen. I want to give all Indian men a chance to woo me. I think the tradition of arranged marriage is regressive. Through this show, I hope to convey the message that every woman should have the right to choose.
Do you fear a person may fake love just because you’re Mallika Sherawat? That’s a fear that haunts every actress and that is why most of them lead such lonely lives. The more successful you become, the more your world shrinks and you become lonelier. I miss the simple pleasures of life. It’s not a great feeling to come back to an empty home.
When we talk about sensuality in Bollywood, the first name that pops up in our mind is yours. How does that tag feel? I don’t believe it. Did I earn it? I don’t know. I am just me.
It overshadows your acting? Yes, absolutely. I believe because of the tag, a lot of serious filmmakers don’t approach me. I usually get offers to play ultra-glamorous, larger-thanlife roles. That’s why I accepted Dirty Politics — my character in the movie is real.
A lot of newbies like Sherlyn Chopra More >