Mallika Sherawat is spread across 11 pages of the second issue of the world’s first 3D magazine. Published and photographed by celebrity lens-man Nick Saglimbeni, using a Salgimbeni 3D camera system, WMB3D: World’s Most Beautiful is a Los Angeles- based print magazine that can be viewed through 3D glasses and is also available on iTunes and Andriod Applications stores worldwide.
Mallika who is presently in Mumbai shooting for her Bollywood movie, Kismat Love Paisa Dilli (2011), a sequel to Sanjay Khanduri’s Ek Challis Ki Last Local (2007), is really kicked about her first 3D photo shoot.
“We shot in the middle of the desert. It was very rustic, hot and dusty. I was parched and completely dehydrated but I couldn’t even drink water because they didn’t want my stomach jutting out,” reminisces the actor.
Mallika is cast in the role of a mechanic, saddled with a car that has packed up, and hoping to get a lift back to civilization. She remembers feeling dirty and completely deglam while the pictures were being clicked.
“I was dressed in flannels and when thumbing down a ride, in a knotted top, shorts and killer high heels. My hair was mussed up, my nails grease streaked and filthy from tinkering around with dirty tools. The hair and make-up was very Americana. And then I viewed the pictures, and that includes a bonus digital gallery, through 3D glasses and they were delicious. I was right up there, surreal, sexy and stunning, I have never been more photographed more beautifully,” she raves.
She is convinced that her fans, particularly those in India, 70 per cent of whom are under the age of 30 and love 3D, will be as enchanted by the visual feature.
However, the star who has grabbed headlines across the globe by stepping on the Cannes Red Carpet with a snake decorously wrapped around her neck while promoting her home production Hissss (2010) or posing for the posters of her just-released Hollywood movie, Politics Of Love (2011), wrapped up in stars and stripes, resembling the American flag, is far from excited about being considered one of the World’s Most Beautiful by a western publication.
“Labels don’t matter,” she retorts. “I have never thought of myself as beautiful. I’m just an average looking girl.”
Prod her on what she considers her best feature and she says, “My nose, I’m really happy with it.” And is there something she would want to change given a choice? “Nothing at all, I don’t want to mess around with myself. Your looks are a God-given gift,” she reasons. “And I’d try to maintain them through a disciplined lifestyle. I’ve always been pro-fitness and advocated a vegan diet.”