Mallika Sherawat has said that part of the industry always talked about her body and glamour, never about her acting. She also compared her 2004 film, Murder featuring Deepika Padukone’s recent outing, Gehraaiyaan. †Also read: Mallika remembers her fight with Emraan: ‘It was so childish, I am no less’

Deepika featured in Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyan next to Siddhanth Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Naseeruddin Shah. The film explored the gray areas of modern relationships.

Asked about the changes the new era has brought to the film industry, Mallika told Prabhat Khabar, “In the past, the heroines were either too good, sati-savitri types who were too innocent to know anything, or they were characterless vampires. These were “the only two kinds of roles that were written for heroines. The change we’re seeing now shows women as people. She can be happy or sad. She can make mistakes, she can falter, and you love them in spite of all that.”

She added: “The heroines are also more confident in their bodies. Such a hue and howl was created when I did Murder. People were saying all kinds of things about the kiss and the bikini. What Deepika Padukone did in Gehraaiyaan, I did that 15 years ago, but then people were too narrow-minded. I have to tell you that some of the industry and the media tortured me mentally. These people only talked about my body and glamour, not about my acting. I worked in Dashavataram, Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Welcome, but nobody talked about my acting.”

Directed by Anurag Basu, Murder played Mallika opposite Emraan Hashmi and was much talked about for the steamy scenes that Emraan and Mallika shared in the film.

Mallika is now gearing up for the release of her next one, RK/RKay. Written and directed by Rajat Kapoor, the film also stars Kubbra Sait, Ranvir Shorey, Manu Rishi Chadha, Chandrachoor Rai, Abhijeet Deshpande, Abhishek Sharrma, Grace Girdhar and Vaishali Malhara.

The film has already been screened at several international festivals, including the Shanghai International Film Festival, the River to River Festival in Florence, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival and the Pune International Film Festival. It is now set for a theatrical release on July 22.

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