It was her eighth year at Cannes, but actor Mallika Sherawat’s red carpet appearances this year, too, was anything but boring.
The 39-year-old actor walked the red carpet twice at the 69th edition of the prestigious film festival. While her appearance at the red carpet was appreciated by the fashion police, her gown at the amfAR gala during the festival received a thumbs down from many critics.
Speaking to us over the phone from Cannes, Sherawat, who was also part of the United Nations’ Impossible Choices Campaign, admits that she has to be very careful about what she wears, but does not get bothered by criticism. “One has to be very careful with what they are wearing on the red carpet. Everyone is so critical of what you are wearing and just looking to jump to conclusions and criticise you. But honestly, I don’t take all this criticism too seriously,” she says.
However, the actor credits her team for her clothes. “It really isn’t my choice. The credit goes to the entire team who spend hours thinking and discussing the best dress for me. I just wear what they tell me to and they always choose the right one. That’s why people like what I wear (laughs)” she adds.
Sherawat was at this year’s Cannes for the screening of her film Time Raiders - another Chinese production that the Haryana-born actor has worked in, after she appeared as an Indian peasant in Jackie Chan-starrer The Myth (2007). “I think I have an amazing connection with Chinese productions. They have some fantastic talent and it’s always such a great experience working there. For this film, (Time raiders), the director wanted a sorceress. When they approached me for the role, I was blown away by the number of action sequences. Their standard for action and stunts is really very high and I had to put in a lot of effort to do some of them,” she says.
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