Back in the initial phase of her career, actress Mallika Sherawat was part of several films which demanded her to film bold scenes. She was one of the few actresses who started indulging in explicit scenes which are now common in today’s cinema. Obviously this effected how society perceived her and Mallika had to face the judgement of the masses. This was hypocritical since only she was criticised and questioned and her male co-stars were given a free pass about the issue.
Looking back on these instances today, Mallika believes that it was patriarchy and skewed mindset of people which put her through this. She said, “That’s what the patriarchal system is. It’s always the women who are always targeted, not the men. Not only in India, but that’s all over the world. Men walk away with everything, they can get away with everything, it’s like they (those who target) blame the woman for everything. I don’t know why, but more so in India, I feel. I also think the society wasn’t evolved, people would think differently. Plus, the media didn’t support such scenes earlier, a certain section of the media.”
She further added that a lot has changed since then and explicit scenes are now considered a form of artistic expression. Mallika said, “But now, the media is very, very supportive, especially toward women, and even the society has evolved. Actresses now are doing frontal nudity and it’s accepted, it’s considered very artistic.”