In 2004, a two-film-old actor shot to fame with director Anurag Basu’s hit, Murder. The film worked wonders for Mallika Sherawat’s career, and she made ­headlines for the intimate scenes that she pulled off confidently. In no time, she had earned ­herself the title of a ‘sex siren’.
Partly typecast, Mallika went on to do several other Hindi films and even a few ­international ones, most of which bombed. Her last ­successful Hindi film was Welcome in 2007, which was a multi-starrer.
Bring up her rocky career path, and Mallika admits that the last few years have been tough. "There was a lull, and I agree that an actor is as good as his or her last film. I did not get strong, meaty roles. But that happens with everybody. What matters is that I am still being offered roles," she says.
Asked if she failed to ­sustain the success that came with Murder, she says, "That depends on how one defines success. I am still an ­independent woman. I take my own decisions. I sign my own cheques. That is success for me, not having 200 films in my kitty. I am the only actor who has met US President Barack Obama twice. I’m satisfied with where I am," she says.