Drama in Love

Actor Mallika Sherawat on Narendra Modi and why she won’t give in to hyprocrisy

Written by AMRUTA LAKHE | Published:October 5, 2013 5:39 am

My idea of romance may sound silly to some,but I’m a simple middle-class girl who still believes in love,” says Mallika Sherawat at the press conference of her television debut The Bachelorette-India. The show is adapted from the American reality show of the same name. It will see Sherawat test 30 contestants,who will try to win her heart,and finally pick the best suitor.

The actor says it started out just as a show. “After meeting the contestants and spending time with them,I’ve became very involved,” she says. The show discusses the ideas around love. “For instance,one contestant openly admitted that he dates married women. Another one had obsessive tendencies. There is also a 63-year-old contestant on the show. So it is interesting to see the conflict that is generated when people start talking about love,” she says.

The trailer of the show — to premiere on Life OK on October 7 — promises a lot of drama,tension and suspense as the suitors battle for Sherawat’s attention. Previously,shows that tried the television-dating format such as Rakhi Ka Swayamwar were criticised for being heavily scripted. But Sherawat dismisses the notion. “We’ve stuck to the original idea of a reality show and it is not scripted or choreographed in any way. The drama that has come forth is completely situational,” she says. Sherawat also clarifies that the show does not promise marriage or even a successful match in the end,but is just about the journey of finding one’s soulmate.

Host Rohit Roy shared some light moments when he narrated how the contestants brought Mallika odd gifts on the first episode. For instance,Punjabi boy Jashn Singh Koli gifted her a can of desi ghee,Bivas Biswas presented her with an iPad with a message from his 13-year-old son and,much to Sherawat’s amusement,another contestant Manu Panjabi gifted the actor a lamb. “Here I was ready to be wooed and these boys had no idea what to do,” she says later admitting that one contestant did take her on a “perfect date” to the Taj Mahal.

While she admitted that she can never settle down with anyone from the entertainment industry,she candidly pointed out that Narendra Modi is the most eligible bachelor in India today. “I will do anything to have him on the show,” she quipped.

When asked about calling the Indian society “regressive”,in a recent interview during the Cannes International Film Festival,Sherawat appeared upset. “I never said India was a regressive country. I said India was regressive when it comes to women,a statement that is absolutely true,” she says adding that she will not give in to hypocrisy.

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