Mallika Sherawat (born Reema Lamba on October 24, 1976) is an Indian actress who works in Hindi, English and Chinese language films. Known for her bold onscreen attitude in films like Khwahish (2003) and Murder (2004), Sherawat has established herself as a sex symbol and as one of the most popular celebrities in Bollywood.She then appeared in successful romantic comedy Pyaar Ke Side Effects (2006) which won her much critical acclaim.
Since then, she has appeared in successes like Aap Ka Suroor – The Real Love Story, Welcome (both 2007) her biggest commercial success so far and Double Dhamaal (2011). She is one of the few Bollywood stars trying to crossover to Hollywood, with films like Hisss (2010) and Politics of Love (2011).Sherawat was born Reema Lamba in Moth, a small village in Hisar district of Haryana to a Jat family. Mallika’s father is named Mukesh Kumar Lamba and she was born in the family of Seth Chhaju Ram, a leading Jat philanthropist. She was born on 24 October 1976. She adopted the screen name of “Mallika”, meaning “empress”, to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema.”Sherawat” is her mother’s maiden name She has stated that she uses her mother’s maiden name because of the support that her mother has provided herBefore entering films, Sherawat appeared in television commercials with Amitabh Bachchan for BPL and Shahrukh Khan for Santro. She also appeared in Nirmal Pandey‘s “Maar Dala” and Surjit Bindrakhia’s “Lak Tunoo” music video.She debuted in films with a small rôle in Jeena Sirf Merre Liye where she was credited as Reema Lamba.
Sherawat attracted notice with her appearance in the 2003 film, Khwahish. In 2004, she starred in Murder, a film inspired by Hollywood’s Unfaithful. She was noticed for her bold role with critic Narbir Gosal writing, “she has the chops to pull off a role like this one. She´s confident and sexy as Simran and handles her emotional scenes with dignity.” She received a nomination for ‘Best Actress’ at the Zee Cine Awards for her performance in Murder. The film went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.
Since then, Sherawat has been known for expressing her opinions in public, as well for the reaction to some of her statements.