Happy birthday to Mallika Sherawat
Today, 24th of October is the birthday of Mallika Sherawat. All her admirers and viewers of bollywood films wish her happy birthday and expect her to continue to explore herself in new roles in bollywood films.
She was previously called Reema Lamba and had changed her name to Mallika after joining films. After making a decent debut in the film Khwahish, she impressed the viewers with her performance in the film Murder. The film was based on the story of Unfaithful. She acquired international recognition within a short period of time and got a role in Jackie Chan’s film The Myth.
She got a scope of showing her acting skills in the film Pyar Ke Side Effects where the lead role was played by Rahul Bose. She also acted in a horror movie directed by Ram Gopal Verma titled Darna Zaroori Hai. The film was based on the existence of evil spirits and the fear relating to them in the minds of ordinary human beings. Although these films are discarded by some section of the society who never believe in ghosts, the films had created public interest over the years and have a lot of suspense and melodrama which are enjoyed by some section of the viewers.
She got a different type of role in the comedy film Welcome. The film had a number of stars including Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and others. She matched the comedy performance of all the leading stars and did well in the film. The songs in the film were successful including the ones like “welcome, welcome”, “inshah allah”, etc.
In 2008 also Mallika played important role in comedy films like Ugly Aur Paagli and Maan Gaye Mughal-i-azam. In Ugly Aur Paagli, the film depicted her aggressive attitude towards the hero and the hatred ended up in an affair and Mallika was identified with giving slaps one after the other.
Man Gaye Mughal-i-azam had nothing to do with any historical depiction of a period film but it was related to serio-comic events and the unfolding of those events. The problem of Mallika Sherawat lies in the recognition that is required to categorize her in the list of leading actresses of contemporary films. Her item numbers had become more popular in the recent years than her major roles. For example the dance in the song “maiya maiya” in the film Guru had claimed public recognition. Unless she gets memorable roles like the one played by Rani Mukherjee in Black, her glamour can be reduced to only catchy sequences, not remarkable performances. The viewers expect her to reorganize herself for challenging roles in new bollywood films.