This is the loneliest phase of my life: Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat seeks love on an upcoming reality show on television. The actor says, "This is the loneliest phase of my life. I really want someone. It’s something a working woman can relate to — you don’t always find the right guy in your work sphere.”Updated: Apr 24, 2013 15:51 IST
Mallika Sherawat became a familiar name in 2004 with Mahesh Bhatt’s Murder. Thereafter, she earned several tags — of a sex symbol; and a woman not afraid to speak her mind, to the point of being brash. Her Bollywood career, meanwhile, floundered, due to bad film choices and cameos. The Jackie Chan-starrer, The Myth (2005), was touted as her Hollywood breakthrough, but didn’t make waves. Her own production, Hisss (2010), flopped too.
Now, after inhabiting the fringes of Bollywood for a decade, Mallika is set to make her television debut. A TV channel has bought the rights to the American show, The Bachelorette. The Indian version will star Mallika and be called The Bachelorette India — Mere Khayalon ki Mallika.
This isn’t a swayamvar, and Mallika isn’t husband-hunting. She will, however, be looking for love. But surely, being an actress, she must have men running after her? “That’s the perception. People think if she’s a successful actor, there won’t be a dearth of men,” says Mallika. “Maybe some men think she might have someone in her life; others are intimidated… This is the loneliest phase of my life. I really want someone. It’s something a working woman can relate to — you don’t always find the right guy in your work sphere.”
Mallika is looking for “intelligence, success and integrity in a guy”. She will be involved in choosing and rejecting guys on the show.
“Rejection is such a harsh word. I have faced it on so many levels. I don’t want that word to be used,” she says, refusing to talk about her reported divorce.
Currently, the actor is also shooting for KC Bokadia’s film, Dirty Politics."
The format of this show is similar to the TV show Swayamvar. Why did you choose to do it?
I haven’t seen Swayamvar. Bachelorette India (on Life OK) is a great platform and I want to find companionship and love. This is a perfect medium to reach out to people. I want to give every boy and man a chance (laughs). People perceived me as ultra-glamorous and larger than life, so I want to show them the real Mallika.
Guys who audition will be fans more than anything else. Will you eventually marry one of them?
Don’t say ‘fans’ and quash my hopes (laughs). Perhaps they might think about my image at first, but it will wear off once they get to know me. I never promised to get married on the show. It’s more important for me to find companionship. Who knows what happens next.
Who is the one person from Bollywood that you find appealing?
Most actors switch to TV as a plan B and mainly for the money. Is that your reason too?
I’ve always done what I thought fits my profile and I like the show, the channel, and it’s not a song-and dance routine reality show. Today, I don’t think actors do TV for money. Yes, it’s (money) important for a single woman, but the quality of the show has to work.
Was the song-and-dance routine the reason you walked out of the show Chak Chak Dhoom?
That show didn’t work because everyone was disorganised. It was a mess. So rather than do it half-heartedly, I walked away quietly.
First Published: Apr 24, 2013 12:00 IST