Friday, January 30, 2009

Hottie Friday: Mallika Sherawat

Today I have but one question to ask. It just doesn't seem appropriate enough for me to just say it. Me, I say it would have the effect of being quite inadequate. So I ask you, "How damn HOT and SEXY is Indian bombshell Mallika Sherawat?! How Hot? To what degree is Miss Sherawat hot? What level does your thermometer rise to when she's present?!
I've asked myself the same question and believe me when I tell you I am yet to come up with a degree of hotness that befits her. Imagine that; me, Slym; unbelievable right? Gotta be. This is proof of the effects of looking at too many hot and gorgeous women. At some point in time the brain is sure to suffer 'hotness overload'. When did I first notice this Indian goddess of beauty? When she appeared in a film by my most beloved Karate and action entertainment master - Jackie Chan in The Myth (2005), right away I was smitten; there's no denying it. Then when I later saw her in Guru in 2007, I knew it was not just a passing fancy. No, it was the real thing; I was hooked for sure for life. Her beauty is overwhelming and overpowering. Her body rocks hard. Her hair is amazingly silky, shiny and healthy. Her sexiness is beyond words and her hotness will make you strip down in a heartbeat and dive into a tub filled with ice to prevent you from combusting and/or exploding! The woman is really really seriously HOT!
She was born Reema Lamba in Karnal, Haryana, India and has a degree in Philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. After graduating from university (2002), she moved to Bombay to pursue a career in modeling and the film industry. This career choice caused her to be estranged from her family who were/are extremely religious. In 2003 when she landed her first acting role in Khwahish, she changed her name to Mallika (meaning empress) and used her mother's maiden name Sherawat. It is said she chose to use her mother's maiden name because although her mother was not pleased with her choice of career, she still offered her daughter support. So far in her career she has appeared in fifteen films and is working on an additional three. Of the total films (18), approximately seven of these are English (language) films. Hisss is in post-production, Fauj Mein Mauj is being filmed and Unveiled is in production. Her very first onscreen debut was in Lak Tunoo, a music video by Surjit Bindrakhia. To date she has received one nomination for her role in Murder in 2005. She received the nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards ceremony. The film was also the biggest hit for that year (2004). However, it is her performance in the 2006 film Pyaar Ke Side Effects that has garnered the most praise from around the industry. And if you have the notion that Sherawat is all beauty and no brains, then perish the thought. You already know she has a degree in Philosophy; however it is pertinent to disclose that Sherawat is widely known for being very out-spoken, self-assured, determined and independent. I know what you're thinking and I wholeheartedly agree - what a combination! To prove my point, take a look at some personal quotes from the sex symbol herself! "I've slogged like crazy to get where I am. And those who think it's just my body that got me where I am, they should take a look at the others who have rushed in after me. They haven't gone beyond their first feverish film". "I have always looked up to Bipasha and she has certainly opened a lot of doors for many actresses like us. But I don't want to compete against anyone. I think I am one of a kind". "I would like to say I handle criticism well. In fact I enjoy reading the comments of the critics. It's great to have critics blasting you all the time. It keeps you on your toes, spurs you, challenges you, makes you want to get better. I take everything positively. There's so much to learn and do." "Isn't it great that I evoke a reaction from people? Whether it is good or bad is secondary. The thing is that I like being myself. I find it very tiresome to put up a fake smile, say the right things, be diplomatic. It's just not in my personality to be like that." "Who cares what people say about me? I am right on the ball. And I don't think one should take oneself too seriously. Be like the laughing Buddha, I always say, smile through life! It will immediately look better!" "I never wanted to belong to a crowd. I never had a herd mentality...I always knew what I wanted and I made sure I got it. And I always knew that I wanted to be an actress. I exist because I can act. I will not sit here and say, 'Arrey, by chance, offer aa gaya' (I got the offer by chance). No, I made acting happen to me. The first opportunity I got to act, I grabbed it. Nobody had even heard of me till a couple of years ago. But it's by sheer hard work and focus that I am here. Also, I think I chose the right scripts. Like Robert De Niro says, 'Talent is in the choice you make!'." Did I mention that she has a very candid sense of humor too? How could I have not? How remiss of me *insert me scolding myself here - I'm so disappointed in myself*. Take a look at this next quote. "My family doesn't understand the concept of going to Cannes. My mother keeps telling all my relatives, 'Oh, woh kahin gayi hain' (she has gone somewhere). I don't even try and explain to her what Cannes was all about, because she will not understand. When they saw my outfits, their eyes popped out of their sockets, that's what got their attention!" "If a chemical drug like Viagra is accepted by society and by the world to ignite desire, then what is the problem with my audio-visual drug called cinema which ignites desire? Both are basically doing the same thing!" (I know I told you about her outspokenness before, but just in case you forgot, this next one is a stalk reminder *I love this one*) On being criticized for doing kissing scenes: "For God's sake, I am a young girl. Do I look like a nun to you? If the hero can enjoy the kiss, why can't I? And to top it all Himanshu (Khwahish [2003]) is very good looking." The way I see it, there might have been some of you who were skeptical at the beginning. You must have been thinking, 'sure she's a knock-out, but I'm sure she's shallow'. Well what do you think now? And I ask you once more, 'How fucking damn hot is Mallika Sherawat?"!

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