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Mallika says no to nudity

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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After going to town defending the 17 smooches in her debut film "Khwahish", Mallika Sherawat is not ready to do a nude scene.
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According to producers of "Murder", Mallika chickened out at the last moment.

Confronted with rumours, Mallika told IANS: "No, no.... never! Right from the start it was agreed that there would be a nude scene of me swimming in my private pool while my family is away.

"That made sense to me. It isn't like a heroine wearing a bikini to breakfast. If a woman is at home alone, why can't she swim nude in her swimming pool?

"But let me clarify that I was never supposed to do the nude scene. A body double was supposed to create an illusion of nudity. I admit when the moment for the sequence arrived I got cold feet. This is, after all, India.

"And, women are often perceived as playthings. I couldn't risk being perceived to be nude, even if someone else stood in for me. No matter who it was, the audience would think it was me.

"Cinema is all about creating illusions. And I didn't want to create an illusion of being nude on screen."

Mallika, who shot to fame after her smouldering siren's role in "Khwahish", went on: "I know the line of decency, and I'd never cross it. Even if the censors become ultra radical, I'd still not go beyond my own definition of decency. Because I've my own censor within me."

The promotional clippings of "Murder", however, seem to contradict her stance. But Mallika defends the steamy scenes vociferously.

"I play an adulteress, a woman who's bored with her marriage and strays into a torrid affair. How else would we show the woman's adultery if not by those steamy moments?

"I'd say 'Murder' gives me the chance to play a powerful woman's role, the kind other actresses get to play after years of experience. And I got it as my second film!

"I'm very grateful to Mukesh Bhatt and my director Anurag Basu for casting me in an author-backed role so early in my career. The love scenes have been very aesthetically done."

"Forget steam, .Mallika Sherawat WallpapersI want esteem," laughs Mallika Sherawat, shocked by the so-called liberties being taken by a section of the press.

"They said that in 'Kiss Kiss Ki Kismat', a 17-year old Jatini (Mallika) -- wow I wish I was 17! -- hit it off like a house on fire with a 70-year old Jat.

"But Dharamji (Dharmendra) plays my father-in-law in the film! Can't we at least spare such incestuous sensationalism?"

As for Mallika's sensational "quote" about being a virgin, she is equally baffled. "It's true that I live like a nun. But why on earth would I be talking about my sex life in public?"

Does the strip-and-shock image have a shelf life any longer?

"I'd say the days of shocking the audience are over. The debacle of 'Paap' and 'Tum' proves it," she says.

Will Mallika get away with "Murder", the Bollywood remake of Adrian Lyne's Richard Gere-Olivier Martinez-Diane Liane erotic thriller "Unfaithful"?

"It isn't a sleazy film at all," Mallika protests. "I don't know why I keep getting into these questionable and compromising situations."

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