Interview with Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat is a well known Bollywood actress who is crossing over into American cinema with her new film “Politics of Love”.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Mallika about the film and how was it working with her co-star Brian White.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us what drew you to the film “Politics of Love”?
Mallika Sherawat: I thought it was a great script.  I thought it would be a great way to make my debut in America with such a great story.  How many ethnic actors get an opportunity to play the main lead in a romantic comedy in Hollywood.

MG: What did you like most about playing Aretha Gupta?
MS: What I liked about the character was there was no boundaries.  She was not affected by her ethnicity.  That is what I liked the most about her.  She enjoyed being half Indian and half African American.  There are no boundaries about race, ethnicity and religion.

MG: We recently interview Brian White and tell us how was it working with him and how was your chemistry on set?
MS: The chemistry with Brian was great.  He is a very giving kind of actor.  He made me feel very comfortable.  He was very warm and nice.  I also learned a lot from him regarding American politics.  I had to do a lot of homework.   I learned a lot from him about Martin Luther King and his points of view.  It was very educating.

MG: Prior to working on the film, tell us about the research you had to do?
MS: Oh my God…yes!  I am from Bollywood and I know a lot about Indian politics but not American.  I had I to immerse myself in the difference between Democratic and Republicans.  Then on top of that I spent a lot of time with Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of San Francisco.  I really had to learn a lot.

MG: Switching gears totally, tell us about working on “Hisss”?
MS: It is such a departure “Hisss” was a very eastern story based on mythology about the shape shifting snake.  It is very popular story in the east.  In “Hisss” I play a snake goddess and in “Politics of Love” I play Aretha Gupta, the girl next door [laughs].  What better for an actor to get out of their comfort zone and really experiment.

MG: How was it working with Robert Kurtzman on the full snake costume?
MS: The costume was torture.  I love Robert Kurtzman…but it was torture.  It was all snake skin.  I was sew into the costume and I couldn’t pee for 14 hours.  I got dehydrated plus I covered in mud throughout the shoot.  I also couldn’t walk because the snake had a tail, so I had to be carried on the set [laughs].

MG: What do you have planned next?
MS: Right now, what I am really doing is reading a lot of material and deciding carefully what the next movie for me should be.



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