Mallika Sherawat Cannes 2014 2.jpgReema Lamba (born 24 October 1976), better known as Mallika Sherawat, is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi language films. Known for her bold onscreen attitude in films like Khwahish (2003) and Murder (2004),  Sherawat has established herself as a sex symbol and as one of the most popular celebrities in Bollywood. She then appeared in the successful romantic comedy Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006) which won her much critical acclaim.

Since then, she has appeared in successes like Aap Ka SuroorWelcome (both 2007) — her biggest commercial success so far — and Double Dhamaal (2011). She is one of the few Bollywood stars trying to cross over to Hollywood,  with films like Hisss (2010) and Politics of Love (2011).

Career

Kulkarni made her film debut with the 1992 movie Tirangaa (film). In 1993, she starred in Aashiq Awara, which won her a Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year. She went on to appear in many popular films such as Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995) and Baazi (1995). She mostly played the leading actor’s love interest in all these films.

Things changed when Rajkumar Santoshi, in whose earlier movie Ghatak: Lethal (1996) she had a cameo appearance in a song, cast her as the female lead in his 1998 movie China Gate, an ambitious remake of Seven Samurai. However, things did not go as planned. Relations between Santoshi and the actress soured. Rumours began circulating that Kulkarni had been dropped from the movie, and was reinstated only after gangster Chhota Rajan intervened on her behalf.  When the movie was finally released, it was an average earner. Furthermore, the only song in the movie, the item number “Chamma Chamma”, was picturised on Urmila Matondkar, even though Kulkarni had built her reputation with such numbers. To add insult to injury, the song turned out to be a chartbuster, which greatly increased Matondkar’s popularity.

Angered and frustrated at the turn of events, Kulkarni lashed out at Santoshi, accusing him of cutting her screen time because she had refused his advances.  Santoshi denied all rumours related to the movie, and the matter was given a quiet burial. However, this proved to be the death blow to Kulkarni’s career. She only appeared in a handful of movies after that, and new offers dried up. She quit movies after the 2002 film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. She also did a few movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.

Personal life

Kulkarni belonged to a middle class Marathi Brahmin family and claims that she was not married to Vicky Gowswami. However, contrary reports state that she married Vicky Goswami in 2013.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Seema Special appearance; credited as Reema Lamba
2003 Khwahish Lekha Khorzuvekar
2004 Kis Kis Ki Kismat Meena Madhok
2004 Murder Simran Saigal
2005 Bachke Rehna Re Baba Padmini a.k.a. Paddu/Alka/Meera
2005 The Myth Samantha Chinese film
2006 Pyaar Ke Side Effects Trisha Mallick
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Sania
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Riya
2007 Guru Champa Special appearance in item number
2007 Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story Ruby James
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Special appearance in item number
Kannada film
2007 Welcome Ishika
2008 Dasavathaaram Jasmine Tamil film
2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Kuhumini
2008 Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam Shabnam
2010 Hisss Naagin English, Hindi crossover film
2011 Thank You[49] Razia Special appearance in item number
2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati Shalu Special appearance in item number
2011 Double Dhamaal Kamini Nayak
2011 Politics of Love[50] Aretha Gupta English film
2011 Osthe Mallika Special appearance in item number
Tamil film
2012 Tezz Laila Special appearance in item number
2012 Kismat Love Paisa Dilli Lovina
2015 Dirty Politics Anokhi Devi
2016 Time Raiders Snake Empress Chinese film
2017 Zeenat Ananta
2018 The Story Self Digital debut, web series released on ZEE5
2019 Booo Sabki Phategi Hassena, the walking ghost Web series

Television

Year Television Role Notes
2005 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Sunehri Season 1, Episode 29[53]
2013 The Bachelorette India Herself Season 1
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Farah Khan Season 4, Episode 21

Awards and nominations

List of Acting Awards And Nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
2004 Murder Zee Cine Award Best Actor – Female Nominated
2005 Murder Stardust Award Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
2007 Pyaar Ke Side Effects Stardust Award Star of the Year – Female Nominated
2007 Pyaar Ke Side Effects Annual Central European Bollywood Awards Best Actress Nominated
2008 16th Annual Diversity Awards Renaissance Artist Award Won
2009 Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam Screen Award Screen Award for Best Comedian Nominated
2011 Hisss Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest Best Actress Won
2015 23rd Kalakar Awards International Youth Icon Award Won
2015 Dirty Politics Indian Film Festival Melbourne Best Actress Nominated
2016 Dirty Politics Screen Award Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated