Mallika Sherawat recently revealed that she lost out on a few Bollywood roles because she had refused to give in to the casting couch. In an interview with PTI, Mallika said, “There were so many accusations and judgements on me. If you wear short skirts, kiss on screen then you’re a fallen woman with no morals. Men tend to take liberties with you. This happened with me too. I was thrown out of projects because heroes would say ‘why can’t you be intimate with me? You can do it on screen, what’s the problem in doing that with me in private?’ I’ve lost so many projects. It’s very reflective of the society, what women deal with in our country,” Mallika said.
The 41-year-old actor says she was aware that her film choices were unconventional and believes she could have done much better if she ‘wasn’t swimming against the tide’. “I’m a very headstrong woman, I can’t compromise. I’ve a lot of pride and self-respect. There were times when directors have called me and said ‘come to me at 3 am.’
Mallika went on to say that she was scared to talk about it earlier. “I was so scared to talk about it because I thought they are going to blame me, that I must’ve behaved in such a way that prompted the director to say this. There is that victim blaming mentality which exists in our society and I always felt scared to talk about these things.”