Mallika Sherawat’s next Hollywood project is ‘Love, Barrack’, directed by Doug McHenry, co-starring with Laz Alonso of Avatar fame. It is a political, romantic comedy set during the frantic and intoxicating days leading up to 2008 US Presidential election. Mallika plays Aretha Gupta, a local Obama election campaign coordinator.
Watch for her in ‘Hissss’, originally titled ‘Nagin: the snake woman’, her home production, produced by Govind Menon of Split Image and her brother Vikram Singh and directed by Jennifer Lynch. Irrfan Khan co-stars with Sherawat in the film. It’s collaboration between Bollywood and Hollywood, and the budget is rumored to be between $5 million and $15 million.
Hissss claims to be a special effects-loaded film and is now in post-production stage. It is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Film Market in May this year, and later the distributors will decide on the international release dates.
According Sherawat, the toughest part in shooting for the film was dealing with leeches crawling all over her body in freezing cold rain in the jungles of Kerala, India, where parts of the film were shot.
Bollywood has mostly treated her as a brainless bikini-clad woman who was all body, and when she was asked if it is it goodbye to Hindi films, she said, she is just ‘trying to find material that excites her, that's all, and these days it seems to be coming from Hollywood’.
Sherawat was the first Indian actor to be honored by the mayor and the council members at LA’s City Hall, that too on the eve of the Indian Independence Day. Mallika Sherawat seems to focus her future career on Hollywood.
Mallika has been voted as one of Asia's 100 most beautiful people by the Hong Kong based fashion and beauty magazine, Cover. There were reports recently that her brother Vikram Singh had thrown a tantrum on the sets during a shoot in Mumbai over a skimpy, skin-colored bikini she was wearing, Sherawat said that she is very close to her brother but they never agreed when it comes to her raw vegan diet and her wardrobe.
Mallika was the first Asian star to be invited to Twitter, and on her visit to the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco promos of Hissss were screened.
The lady who was an airline hostess rose to become a most controversial, yet, bold actresses of Bollywood, and now finds herself anchored in Hollywood, living there for more than a year. In an interview about her forthcoming film Hisss, an Indo-Us venture, and the subject of it, the serpent, she fondly remembered her earliest memories of her village in Haryana, India.