The undisputed sex bomb of Bollywood has sadly relegated herself to mere cameo appearances in all her films released in 2007.
The year began on a thumping note for Mallika Sherawat, as she belly-danced to Turkish tunes in the song Maiyya Maiyya in Mani Ratnam’s film Guru. Though Mallika had just one-song appearance in the film, she did scintillate in those five minutes of screen-time she got at the very beginning of the movie.
Then came another hot number. This time it was the modernized version of the cult song Mehbooba Mehbooba, arguably the mother of all item numbers, in Himesh Reshammiya’s acting debut Aap Ka Suroor . Though the song did not turn out to be a rage among music buffs, Mallika did manage to catch attention with her Helen-esque gyrations in gypsy costumes.
And now, as the year draws to a close, ready for release is Anees Bazmee’s comedy Welcome, which has Mallika in a special appearance once again.
Contrary to the popular notion that Mallika has a full-fledged role in the film, the actress has made it clear in a letter to her fans that she plays only a brief role in the film.
Mallika writes: “Guru, Aap Ka Suroor, Welcome and Dasavatharam feature me in Cameos/Guest Appearances/Special Appearances – call it what you may and I enjoyed doing all of them, but in no way did I star in any of them. I’m also sure as hell both ‘Welcome’ and ‘Dasavatharam’ are gonna hit the jackpot!”
Explaining her conspicuous absence from leading roles in films this year, Mallika writes: “For me I used the period to read scripts and prepare for my next few starring roles. In the meantime it was a period where I wanted to experiment a bit while nurturing my bank account, to try my hand at Dance numbers, (despite) not being the greatest dancer.”
However, after a rather lackluster 2007, Mallika is looking forward to two Bollywood films next year that has her in main roles. And these two flicks are: Ugly And Pagli with Ranvir Shorey and Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam with Rahul Bose.
Her comedy film Fauj Mein Mauj has been stuck on the floors and is likely to be made again under a new director. And there is also no news about her international venture Unveiled.