Mallika makes her mark

With Pyaar Ke Side Effects the actress finally evolves as an actress, writes Arnab Banerjee.

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 12:40 IST

Her name spells oomph, her films generate curiosity and Mallika Sherawat’s hot bod creates a hysteria that only Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi caused some two decades ago. But her acting abilities were always questioned by the critics who always thought that her rising hemline and plunging neckline catapulted her to stardom.

However, with Pyaar Ke Side Effects the lady finally comes of age and seems to be evolving as a talentedactress. In all her earlier films (with the possible exception of Bach Ke Rehna Re Baba and Ram Gopal Varma’s experimental Darna Zaroori Hai) she plays herself - prancing around and cavorting in skimpies or spewing venom to raise laughter.

Thankfully Sherawat is in full form here, minus her penchant for dropping inhibitions in her dare-bare acts. She plays Trisha Malik, a Delhi-based confused mind who decides to give her wedding a miss on the D Day itself only because she doesn’t love the guy ( Jas Arora). She encounters DJ Sid (Rahul Bose) and his charm, and falls for his natural allure on their second meeting when she runs into him in Mumbai next.

Mallika Sherawat finally makes her mark with Pyaar Ke Side Effects

Throughout the film, it’s the comic one-liners and hilarious situations that tickle one’s funny bone. And Sherawat gives a good account of herself as someone who could mouth some of the witty punches without looking sexy. And what’s more, she seems to be completely at ease with like Rahul Bose, who's established known to be a talented actor.

Sherawatdisplays perfect comic timing as she reacts to Bose’s sharp witticisms and even manages to look natural, sans her pout. Her spontaneity is what takes one by surprise.

Like the scene, when she gets drunk at a bar, or the one when she picks up a fight with her boyfriend whose indecision to settle down to matrimony puts her off for the nth time. Or the scene when she introduces Bose to her autocrat father Sharat Saxena who would do anything to wean his obsessive daughter away from an ordinary DJ. In yet another interesting situation, when the foursome (Jas Aurora with fiancée Mailka and Rahul with friend Sophie) has a date Sherawat is fascinating to watch as she tries to make her former boyfriend, Bose jealous of Arora.

Pyaar Ke Side Effects could probably be considered as the turning point in Mallika's career. She could be even more desirable to her fans if she continues to sparkle in varied roles like these and add another dimension to her repertoire.

First Published: Sep 16, 2006 20:30 IST