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Mallika: the vegetarian man eater

entertainment Updated: Jun 05, 2009 14:41 IST
Garima Sharma
Garima Sharma
Hindustan Times
The vegetarian man eater

In this disturbing picture (above) Mallika Sherawat is a shape-shifting naagin, who has just swallowed a man in a scene from her upcoming movie Hisss. But Mallika, like many of her Bollywood peers, is a hardcore vegan. Which means she’s not just sworn off all forms of meat, but she’s also given up all milk products. No cheese, milk, butter or even curd for Mallika.

The role was a stretch for the vegan actress. “ The role I play was very demanding. In the film I’m sexy, venomous and I swallow whole.” she said.

Sexy Mallika, rumoured to be Playboy India’s first cover girl when it launches soon, credits vegetarianism for her great
figure. In a recent reply to a fan on a social networking site, Mallika wrote: “I am indeed veg and proud of it! How do u think I maintain this body figure?”

Mallika’s not the only sexy vegetarian in Bollywood — Amitabh Bachchan has been leading the pack for a while now.
And PETA India (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) believes all Indians should follow suit. PETA has launched a
campaign to get the world to abstain from meat for at least a day, on June 5, to reduce carbon emissions produced from non-vegetarian fare.

PETA has a bevy of stars in their kitty of ambassadors for vegetarianism — including John Abraham, Celina Jaitley, R Madhavan and Jiah Khan — and will hopefully soon shoot a campaign with Mallika, said Anuradha Sawhney, chief functionary, PETA India. For this year’s World Environment Day, the organisation is working on campaigns with wrestler Sushil Kumar and actress Malaika Arora Khan.

They have also called on Amitabh Bachchan to serve only vegetarian food at the upcoming IIFA Awards and has strengthened its campaign against fastfood chain KFC. There were protests against the chain with placards on Thursday in CP. A spokesperson from the chain said that while they “appreciate PETA’s concern”, they feel they are “being targeted for publicity.”