Mallika Sherawat is an Indian Actress and a model born in Rohtak, Haryana.
Mallika was born as Reema Lamba to a Jat family. Mallika did her schooling at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She completed her degree in philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. She is one of the few Bollywood stars trying to cross over to Hollywood.
During the initial days of her career she claimed that she had come from a small conservative town family and she faced many hudles from her family in pursuing her career, to which her family denied and said that she created a story of her own. It’s been reported that she was married to a Jet Airways pilot.
Mallika first appeared in some TV commercials with Amitabh Bachchan for BPL and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also starred in a music video of Nirmal Pandey and Surjit Bindrakhia. She debuted in the film Jeena Sirf Merre Liye.
Then Mallika starred in the film Khwahish in the year 2003, and Murder in the year 2004. She got the nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards for the film Murder. It was one of the biggest hits of the year.
In the year 2005, she acted in a Chinese film, The Myth, with Jackie Chan.
Then in the year 2006, she starred in the film Pyaar Ke Side Effects which fared moderate at the box office. In the year 2007, she starred in a song Mayya Mayya in the film Guru.
She also played a guest role in the film Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story for which she charged Rs 15 million for a 10-minute appearance. Later that year, she starred in the film Welcome which was also a hit at the box office.
Then in the year 2008 she did two films Ugly aur Pagli and Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam which flopped at the box office.
In the year 2009, she starred in a Hollywood film Hisss. Then later she also acted in another Hollywood comedy film Politics of Love.
Bears a resemblance to actress Halle Berry.
Has a degree in Philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University.
Some of her favorite films are Sholay (1975), Silsila (1981) and Masoom (1983).
Is the first Indian woman to get an offer to pose n*de for Playboy magazine and appear on the cover. Mallika turned down the offer in an attempt to avoid the risk of being blacklisted in the Indian film industry.
The cost of the diamonds that Mallika wore at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 was Rs 45 million. They were sponsored by Orra Diamonds. Nine sets of jewelery were especially designed for Mallika, including diamond studded necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Changed her name from Reema Lamba to Mallika Sherawat when she did her first film, Khwahish (2003). She claims to have changed it because there were already too many actresses in the industry with similar names like Reema Sen, Raima Sen, and Rimii Sen.
She accepted the Advisory Board membership of the Asian Academy of film and television supporting the film education in India.
In April 2006, Mallika went on her first world tour of concert performances called Rock Stars along with Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Zayed Khan, Esha Deol, and John Abraham.
Turned down the role of Sira in Private Moments (2005).
Although little about her past is known, she has admitted that she was once married prior to entering the film industry.
Listed as number 9 of ‘Top Bollywood Actresses’ of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25- 2006)
Listed #4 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of “Asia’s Sexiest Women” (Sept/2006).
Her performance at the televised 2006 New Year’s Eve show at the hotel J.W. Marriot, in Mumbai, caused social activist Vinod Jain to urge police to take immediate action against the actress for wearing suggestive clothing.
Mallika was dressed in a body-hugging skin suit and a silver bikini to top it. He said that Mallika’s dancing was distasteful and and portrayed Indian women indecently. Jain approached the Santa Cruz police station about the matter, but they told him that no one filed a complaint against her.
Was invited and attended the wedding of Princess Myasa, King Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa’s daughter, in Qatar. Mallika is good friends with the Princess. (Jan 2007).
Is estranged from her parents and family, who are very religious and don’t agree with Mallika working in the movies.
After graduating from college, Mallika got married to Karan Singh Gill, a pilot for Jet Airways. The marriage quickly ended in divorce. It was after the divorce that Mallika, then known as Reema, decided to try her luck at movies.
For a while, Mallika worked as an air hostess.
In April 2009, Mallika was honored for her work in the field of arts by Mayor Jerramiah T Healy of Jersey City, New Jersey. She was given the Team Jersey City’s Arts Honree for this year award.
Was made an honorary citizen of Los Angeles in 2009. She was made an honorary citizen by the Los Angeles City Council during a celebration of India’s Independence Day.
The first film she ever signed was ” Kab Kyon Kahan” for producer Ramesh Sharma, directed by Anil Matoo. Co starring Chandrachur Singh ( who opted out), Aditya Pancholi, Sanjay Suri, Sharad Kapoor, Neha, Arif Zakaria, Jaya Seal. Mallika was using the screen name “Reema Puri”. This was in 2000. The film was 50% complete.
Starred in the shelved film Picture Perfect Productions “Fear”(1999) Starring Rahul Dev, Malikka Sherawat (Credited as Reema Gill),Gautam Kapoor,Deepti Bhatnagar, Renuka, Johny Lever,Vishwajeet Pradhan. Produced and Directed by Sunil Bohra.
She’s declined roles in serials like Hasratien and Zanjeerin.
Used the names “Rima Gill” and “Reema Puri” in the late 1990’s.
Brother is producer Vikram Singh Lamba.
“I’ve slogged like crazy to get where I am. And those who think it’s just my body that got me where I am, they should take a look at the others who have rushed in after me. They haven’t gone beyond their first feverish film”.