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Mallika Sherawat ( , born as Reema Lamba in Karnalmarker, Haryanamarker, Indiamarker) is an Indian actress and model. Known for her public openness, she is frequently featured in the Indian media as a sex symbol.Sariff, Faisal (5 June 2003). 'Buying condoms on the wedding night was hilarious'. Retrieved on 18 November 2007.

Early life

Sherawat's birth name is Reema Lamba; she says that 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 all the support her mother has provided for her. She went to school at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She has obtained a degree in Indian philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University.

She started her career as a part time air-hostess and was married to Jet Airways pilot Captain Karan Singh Gill. She had to divorce him to pursue her Bollywood dreams.


Mallika's onscreen debut was in Lak Tunoo, a music video by Surjit Bindrakhia. She attracted wide notice with her appearance in the 2003 movie 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 ceremony 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 her courage to express her opinions in public, as well as because of the reaction to some of her statements.

She also made news when she won a small role in a Jackie Chan movie, The Myth; she made a widely publicized appearance at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker to promote The Myth.

However, 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 garnered decent collections at the box office becoming a moderate success.

She played a small role in Dasavathaaram after her item number in a Tamil film.

Her first 2007 release was Himesh Reshammiya's Aap Ka Suroor - The Real Love Story, where she played a "vampish role". Mallika herself has protested, saying that it is a negative role but not a vamp role.With Aap Ka Suroor she has become the most expensive "Item Girl", as she charged Rs. 1.5 crore for her Item number in the movie. Aap Ka Suroor did well at the box office. Her last release of 2007 was Welcome which also did well at the box office receiving blockbuster status.

Her 2008 releases are Ugly aur Pagli and Mann gaye Mughal e Azam. Although Mallika got praises for her acting, both films were not successful at the boxoffice.

She is now doing a Hollywoodmarker film named Hisss starring Irrfan Khan directed by Jennifer Lynch.The film is in Post-production stage. Mallika is now staying in Los Angelesmarker. She is on a working visa recommended by Jackie Chan. She is also famous on twitter with username mallikala.

On 14 August,2009 Mallika received the LA Honorary Citizenship.

Sherawat has been voted as one of Asia's 100 most beautiful people by the Hong Kong based fashion and beauty magazine, Cover.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Jeena Sirf Merre Liye Sonia (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 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

Special Appearance
2007 Preeti Eke Bhoomi Melide Item number Kannada film
2007 Aap Ka Suroor - The Real Love Story Ruby Special Appearance
2007 Fauj Mein Mauj Sunehri Dhanda postponed
2007 Preeti Yeke Bhoomi melide Item Girl Kannada
2007 Welcome Ishika
2008 Dasavathaaram Jasmine Tamil film

2008 Ugly Aur Pagli Kuhu Released
2008 Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam Shabnam Released
2009 Hisss Post Production

See also


  1. Ten best Bollywood actresses of 2005. Retrieved on 18 November 2007.
  2. - The Best of 2004 indiafm.comMurder - one of the biggest hits
  3. Kulkarni, Ronjita. Hot and Controversial. Retrieved on 18 November 2007
  4. Mallika Praised for PKSE
  5. Pyaar Ke Side Effects does well
  6. sawf.orgMallika playing negative characters. Not a vamp
  7. news.sawf.orgMallika charges Rs. 1.5 crore
  8. - The Premium Boxoffice Portal
  9. amongst 100 beautiful people

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