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Mallika Sherawat: There were times when directors have asked me to come at 3AM

Mallika Sherawat, who shot to fame with her 2004 film ‘Murder’,  is back in the news after a long time. The actress who has always been in the news for the wrong reasons, this time around has chose to speak about the same in public. Speaking about her bold-personality, the actress said it has become a point for the people to judge her.

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In an interview with PTI, Mallika spoke at length about all the accusations and judgements passed at her during her career-span in Bollywood. She said, “There were so many accusations and judgements about me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on screen then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened to me too.”

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Revealing how she was thrown out of few movies because of not giving into the other person’s demands, the actress added,“I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’ I’ve lost so many projects. It’s very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country.”

The 41-year-old actress also said that she was aware that her film choices were unconventional and believes she could have done much better. She says,“I’m a very headstrong woman, I can’t compromise. I’ve a lot of pride and self-respect. There were times when directors have called me and said ‘come to me at 3 am.”

Mentioning why she chose to keep mum about the issue all this while, the actress said,“I was so scared to talk about it because I thought they are going to blame me, that I must’ve behaved in such a way that prompted the director to say this. There is that victim blaming mentality which exists in our society and I always felt scared to talk about these things. When people judged me, it made me very insecure, overtly critical of myself and question everything I did. It’s not a healthy space. At that time, a large section of the media was antagonistic towards me. They were always interested in sensationalism, which hurt me.”

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Telling how she suffered because of the same, Mallika said,“My story, where I come from and what I battled, was overlooked, and it was all about how many kissing scenes I had. It made me insecure because I thought I had so much more to offer. But there was only one aspect of mine being highlighted and I really suffered because of that.”

On the work front, Mallika was recently seen in Zee5’s web series ‘The Story’.

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