Mallika at ShaadiSePehle audio release function
|Born||Reema Lamba |
Rohtak, Haryana, India
Early lifeSherawat was born Reema Lamba in Rohtak, Haryana to a Jat family.. Mallika was born in the family of Seth Chhaju Ram, a leading Jat philanthropist. . She was born on October 24, though the year is unknown. She adopted the screen name of "Mallika", meaning "empress", to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema. "Sherawat" is her mother's maiden name  She has stated that she uses her mother's maiden name because of the support that her mother has provided her. Friends have said, though, that she opted for the surname Sherawat for its distinctive sound and not, as Mallika later said, because of her strained relationship with her father and his relatives.
Sherawat went to school at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She has obtained a degree in philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. During the initial days of her career, she claimed to have come from a very conservative small town family, and that she faced many hurdles from her family in pursuing her career. However, Mallika's family has refuted this as a story created by her to give her an aura of a small town rustic girl who made it big in Bollywood. It has been reported that she was married for a short while to a Jet Airways pilot Captain Karan Singh Gill.
CareerBefore entering films, Sherawat appeared in television commercials with Amitabh Bachchan for BPL and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also appeared in Nirmal Pandey's Maar Dala and Surjit Bindrakhia's Lak Tunoo music video. 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 unsuccessful at the box office.
HollywoodIn 2009, Sherawat finished shooting a Hollywood film named Hisss co-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. Hisss is slated to release in all major Indian languages on 22 October 2010.
Sherawat also finished shooting for another Hollywood film. Love, Barack aka "Politics of Love", 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.
|2002||Jeena Sirf Merre Liye||Seema (Special appearance)||Credited as Reema Lamba|
|2004||Kis Kis Ki Kismat||Meena Madhok|
|2005||Bachke Rehna Re Baba||Padmini a.k.a. Paddu/Alka/Meera|
|2005||The Myth||Indian Princess||Chinese film|
|2006||Pyaar Ke Side Effects||Trisha|
|2006||Shaadi Se Pehle||Sania|
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai|
|2007||Guru||Jhumpa — The Dancer||Item number Mayya Mayya |
|2007||Aap Ka Suroor - The Real Love Story||Ruby||Special Appearance|
|2007||Preeti Yeke Bhoomi melide||Item number||Kannada|
|2008||Ugly Aur Pagli||Kuhu|
|2008||Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam||Shabnam|
|2010||Hisss||Naagin||English, Hindi crossover film|
|2010||Politics of Love||Aretha Gupta||English, in post production|
|2011||Thank You (2011 film)||Filming|