Mallika Sherawat born October 24, 1981, as Reema Lamba in Rohtak, Haryana, India. Mallika is an Indian actress and model . She has a degree in philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University.
Sherawat’s birth name is Reema Lamba; she says that adopted the screen name of “Mallika”, meaning “queen”, to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema. “Sherawat” is her mother’s maiden name.
Struggling to acquire the tag of India’s sex symbol, Mallika Sherawat has virtually dropped her clothes to clinch the ‘coveted'(?) title. Mallika started out as a small-time model and actress from Delhi. Mallika always had stars in her eyes and was determined to pursue the glamour profession and give it all it took to make it! Even though her conservative father was dead against her decision (he still is!), Mallika defied his wishes and moved to Mumbai to carve a niche for herself in the big bad world of showbiz!
Initially an air-hostess with Indian National Carrier AIR INDIA, The rumour is that she was already married to one, Capt. Gill from Delhi, but sadly, the marriage didn’t exactly work!
She made her first onscreen appearance in a music video. She first attracted wide notice with her appearance in the 2003 movie Khwahish, which was, by Indian standards, quite racy. Ms. Sherawat appeared in a number of revealing costumes.Later that year, she starred in Murder, a film that again challenged Indian film standards. She received a ‘Best Actress’ nomination at the Zee Cine Awards for her performance in that film.
She apparently listens to 4-5 scripts every day these days and says no to all of them, thereby leading to further talk about her highhandedness. Disgruntled directors claim she’s developed an attitude. But Mallika isn’t bothered. “I’ve always been exactly like this. I speak my mind and I expect others to do the same.” Mallika begs innocence. “If I was noticed in the film, is it my fault?” she says with a hurt expression. “Is it a crime to be successful?”
Apparently statements such as “I’m like Viagara for the audience” and “I don’t mind doing a porn film” were part of a carefully-orchestrated game plan for Murder which Mallika wasn’t entirely comfortable going along with. All the hoopla about her sexy image is all a front. At heart Mallika claims to be a conservative girl with “an inbuilt censor”. Talks about an affair with Mahesh Bhatt embarrass her. “How can I be involved with someone old enough to be my father?” Father or no, Sherawat has cleverly moved on. She recently met Ram Gopal Varma. The hot-and-happening duo hit it off instantly. Varma says he’s planning to cast Mallika “as soon as possible, the sooner the better.”
Mallika did a number of ad films including the Santro ad with Shah Rukh Khan. She also made news when she won a small role in a Jackie Chan movie, The Myth, where she again appeared in “sexy” costumes. She made a widely publicized appearance at the Cannes Film Festival to promote The Myth.
In July 2004, the Bollywood film producers’ union IMPAA temporarily blacklisted Mallika. Filmmaker Ramesh Sharma complained that she broken her contract with him when she failed to turn up, as promised, for the filming of Kab Kyun Kahan (started in 1999).