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Hot... getting hotter

Mallika Sherawat, the "Khwahish" girl has a few unfulfilled desires. Still hot after the movie that had heads turning for all the wrong reasons, she promises it was just the tip of the iceberg. S.M. YASIR prepares us for the future shock... .

Photo: S. Subramanium.

Mallika Sherawat reveals it all about her career.

AND THEY lived happily ever after... .So starts the story for the "Khwahish" girl Mallika Sherawat. "My naani saw the movie after purchasing ticket in black. Finally my family has accepted me," claims the svelte actress from Rohtak whose relationship with her family had been the centre of much criticism before the movie's release. Though she takes it all with a pinch of salt. "Our society is so hypocritical. Different standards are set for men and women. `Khwahish' is all about the relationship between a man and a woman and previously untouched issues of premarital sex and contraception, etc... . It's a unique and bold movie with an honest theme."

Bold it certainly is with its famed smooches and steamy scenes. It bids goodbye to the petrified language of visual clichés and the repetition of a formulaic art. But then is it curtains for all sorts of art all together?

"It's not about cheep thrills and vulgar displays. One can rely on TV channels, Internet and all sorts of things for that. But it's a runaway hit due to its unique story. People in Bihar are seeing it in black for as much as 300 bucks," answers the trained Kathak dancer, imparting black marketeering a dignity it so far has managed to steer past. One only wonders what went wrong in Delhi that the movie got off from as many as seven theatres within two weeks of its release.

As for the story one can relate to its originality only until one has not read Erich Segal's Love Story or seen Arthur Hiller's 1969 adaptation of the same.

Credit must be given for the honesty part of it. And honestly it gives Mallika the role that she wanted after a cameo in "Jeena Sirf Mere Liyen" and a couple of advertisements. It gives her the stardom that being a sex symbol can and reading cinematic history, as she does, couldn't give. "What's wrong in it? After all actresses have to work hard to get this tag. I feel sorry for actresses who aren't sexy. I will do such roles provided they are strong and bold enough," she reveals.

"You must see my next movie with Govind Menon, director of `Khwahish'. If you think this was bold, it is bolder. I also have an Indo-French movie in English that's coming up."

Let's see what surprises does she have in her kitty! One only hopes, they aren't as shocking as idealising Bill Clinton as she does.

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