The Bollywood actress who shot to fame with Murder in 2004, made her impression in the industry as a bold actress who is not shying away while giving bold scenes onscreen. The actress feels that this was one of the reason people started passing comments on her character and people changed the perspective for her.
In an interview with PTI, Mallika said, "There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on screen then you're a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened with me too. "I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say 'why can't you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what's the problem in doing that with me in private?' I've lost so many projects. It's very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country” she added.
The actress also feels that her choices at that time were unconventional and she believes that she could have done much better if she "wasn't swimming against the tide". "I'm a very headstrong woman, I can't compromise. I've a lot of pride and self respect. There were times when directors have called me and said 'come to me at 3 am.' "I was so scared to talk about it because I thought they are going to blame me, that I must've behaved in such a way that prompted the director to say this. There is that victim blaming mentality which exists in our society and I always felt scared to talk about these things."
Though the initial phase of her career was quite good for Mallika as on one hand, her stardom in the Bollywood industry was on the rise, however, on the other, she was constantly being judged for her choices.
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