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Mallika Sherawat (born Reema Lamba on October 24, 1976) is an Indian actress and a former model. Known for her bold onscreen attitude in such films as Khwahish (2003) and Murder (2004) Sherawat has been frequently featured in the media as a sex symbol. She then appeared in successful romantic comedy Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006) which won her much critical acclaim.
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Before coming into films, Mallika acted in television commercials with Amitabh Bachchan for BPL and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also acted in a music video, Lak Tunoo, by Surjit Bindrakhia. She debuted in films with a small role in Jeena Sirf Merre Liye where she was credited as Reema Lamba.
Sherawat attracted notice with her appearance in the 2003 film, Khwahish. In 2004, she starred in Murder, a film inspired by Hollywood`s Unfaithful. She received a nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards for her performance in Murder. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.
Since then, Sherawat has been known for expressing her opinions in public, as well for the reaction to some of her statements.
In 2005, Sherawat acted in The Myth, a Chinese film, co-starring with Jackie Chan. She played the role of an Indian princess who falls in love and is rescued by Jackie. The Myth was her first International film. Her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the film grabbed a lot of attention with Time Magazine`s Richard Corliss calling her "the next big thing".
Her performance in the 2006 film, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, co-starring Rahul Bose, won her praise from around the industry, and the film also did moderately well at the box office.
Her first release in 2007 was Mani Ratnam`s Guru, in which she appeared in a special song, "Mayya Mayya". She also played a guest role in Himesh Reshammiya`s Aap Ka Suroor - The Real Love Story and reportedly charged Rs. 15 million for a 10-minute appearance. Her last release of 2007 was Welcome, which also did well at the box office receiving blockbuster status.
Her 2008 releases were Ugly Aur Pagli and Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam. Both films were not successful at the box office.
In 2009, Sherawat finished shooting for a Hollywood film named Hissss also starring Irrfan Khan and directed by Jennifer Lynch. The film, based on the legend of Nāga, is a an independent co-production between the United States and India. Endeavour Independent has bought the distribution rights of Hisss. Sherawat promoted the film with live snakes at the Cannes Film Festival 2010.
Sherawat also finished shooting for another Hollywood film. Love, Barack, directed by William Dear. She plays Aretha Gupta, a devoted local Obama volunteer coordinator. The film is a romantic comedy set during Barack Obama`s campaign for the US Presidency. First look of Love, Barack was unveiled by Sherawat at Cannes 2010.
Sherawat won the 2008 Renaissance Artist Award at the 16th Annual Diversity Awards held in California. On 14 August 2009, Sherawat received a career recognition Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles for her career achievements and charitable efforts.
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