What happened with Mallika could happen to anyone’. ‘We’re safe nowhere’. Comments like these erupted on social media, when it was reported on Thursday that Mallika Sherawat was tear gassed and beaten up by three masked men in her apartment in Paris. The 40-year-old actor’s Bollywood colleagues, too, expressed shock, and hope that she gets well soon.
“I hope she is okay. Health and safety is primary. This is unfortunate but what can one do when this is the way the world has become. It is possible for anyone to fall prey to such things,” says actor Ashmit Patel, who co-starred with Mallika in the film, Murder 3 (2013).
Actor Ashmit Patel wishes Mallika a quick recovery.
“Every citizen should be careful while travelling abroad. I don’t know the exact case, so it’s difficult to comment. (But) Actors should keep their safety as their priority,” says actor Kay Kay Menon, who shared screen space with the actor in Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam (2008).
Mallika was attacked on November 11 in the vicinity where American socialite Kim Kardashian was robbed in October. The incident was also reported in international media, dailymail.co.uk and French newspaper Le Parisien. “Ms Sherawat and French businessman lover Cyrille Auxenfans, 45, arrived at her residential building in the upmarket 16th arrondissement of Paris at around 9.30pm,” reported Daily Mail.
“I always found Paris to be one of the nicest, safest and prettiest cities in the world. I am surprised that these kinds of things are happening there. It’s unfortunate that Kim faced it and now Mallika faced it. I am sure there are many more who have gone through this. The police needs to take immediate action. I think the problem is that too many new people have entered the city,” says filmmaker Pritish Nandy, producer of Mallika’s 2008 film, Ugly Aur Pagli.
Meanwhile, Mallika posted a lively video on Twitter a day after the attack. She was happy to share moments from her trip to Switzerland. Here goes:
We tried reaching Mallika and her family for a comment, but there was no response.