Mallika Sherawat is crying murder - and for more than one reason!
For one, she's just back from Bangkok after shooting for Anurag Kashyap's "Murder".
But there's another reason.
"When we shot in Pattaya (in Thailand) I got very depressed. All the perverts in the world live there. Every girl is looked at as a hooker. I got tired of being propositioned," Mallika told IANS in an interview.
Sources say Mallika had to constantly fob off advances. "I guess that comes with the territory. When men make passes I pretend not to understand. What else do I do in this crazy jungle?"
She's suffering from a bitter bout of cold and cough. "It was because of getting wet in skimpy clothes...the story of my life," she trails off.
"But 'Murder' has shaped up very well," she perks up.
"The entire plot revolves around me. And I've done all my stunts myself. That's quite something for a girl who has just started her career and has no connections in the film industry. I play a wife who's very lonely in a marriage. I have an extra-marital affair."
Ashmit Patel and Emran Hashmi play the husband and lover respectively.
Mallika has already put her sensational skin show in "Khwahish" behind her.
"I am what I am because of 'Khwahish'. But I've moved on. 'Murder' isn't just about skin show. It addresses itself to a lot of issues that women can relate to. After all, passion is the best thing that can happen to a bored housewife.
"A line in the film - the loneliness of a married woman is much worse than the loneliness of an unmarried girl - haunts me. I've got a lot of dramatic scenes in 'Murder'. Steamy scenes are there, though. Unlike 'Khwahish' where there was only one guy to romance, here there were two."
Mallika's next film is a comedy, Govind Menon's "Dhan-dhana-dhan". "And my co-star is Paresh Rawal, so no steamy scenes here. This film will allow me to shed my seductive image. It's totally different from 'Murder'."
Menon had earlier directed Mallika in "Khwahish" and will be making another film featuring the actress in a double role after "Dhan-dhana-dhan".
"'Dhan-dhana-dhan' is an original. That's quite something. I get too many offers to do Hollywood remakes. I just said no to a remake of 'Pretty Woman'."
Quashing rumours that she was writing a book on childcare, Mallika says: "I don't know who started it. I can't write! I'm a Haryanvi Jat.
"If someone wanted to give me a serious image there were better ways of doing it. There's no scandal in my life. I work for 15 hours, I go to the gym and sleep...alone! My life is as dry as the desert."