Mallika Sherawat couldn’t be more thrilled about her upcoming film Dirty Politics, where she will play Bhanwari Devi, a midwife from Rajasthan who was allegedly murdered by a Rajasthan politician last year. To do justice to her challenging role in KC Bokadia’s biopic, she is planning to meet Devi’s kin.
“I am going to meet Bhanwari Devi’s family members in Jaipur to understand her better. Since the film deals with politics and politicians, a lot of them won’t be happy but as an actor, I will do my best to do complete justice to my part,” says Mallika, adding she doesn’t mind putting on weight to suit the character better if the need arises.
“Plus, I am mouthing a lot of cuss words in the film. I am very excited about it. It’s a very real character seeped in the rural set-up. A few days back, I had a meeting with the director and he told me, ‘you have to use abusive language.’ I will also have to smoke bidis and chew tobacco in the film,” she says. In fact, Mallika — whose latest film Kismet Love Paisa Dill released last Friday — doesn’t want the makers to hold anything back. “My pre-condition to the director has always been that we should stay true to the story. We aren’t going to make it filmy. And thankfully, the director and I are on the same page,” she says.
Ask Mallika about her absence from Bollywood and she says: “For me, as it is, it’s difficult to find good parts. They come along very rarely. To devote that kind of energy and time, the project has to be very special. That’s why I jumped on the idea of Dirty Politics. Imagine me playing a character like Bhanwari Devi!” she says excitedly.