Mallika Sherawat, known for her public openness, is frequently featured in the Indian media as a sex symbol.
Mallika Sherawat has been to Cannes several times. Here’s her take on Indian cinema at the world-famous film festival.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and you were head-turners at the Oscars and Cannes last year. Can we expect a repeat act?
The Indian media feels we are head-turners but neither of us has had a film that’s made any kind of an impact either at the Oscars or Cannes. There are tons of gorgeous women there and I’m sure the media in their respective countries think they’re head-turners too! The credit for any attention on the red carpet should go to our stylists.
Any special memory from Cannes?
Walking the red carpet with Jackie Chan, posing with a snake on the balcony of Hotel Majestic overlooking the Croisette, and attending an amazing party on Paul Allen’s yacht.
What happens at the charity galas?
You see the best of European fashion and also get to witness some of the most famous people in the world letting their hair down. The only thing I hate is the food. I’m a vegan, a term the French are not too familiar with.
Six Indian films are being showcased at Cannes this year. What’s your take on the evolving Indian cinema?
It’s good to see a bigger Indian presence at the festival this year. But only Miss Lovely is competition. We need to win a Palme d’Or soon, like Turkey, Iran, Thailand and Romania.
Any films you want to catch?
The Paperboy by Lee Daniels and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. I’m curious to see what Lee has done and I’ve been a Wes Anderson fan for ages. Walter Salles’ On The Road and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis also looks interesting.