Mallika Sherawat earlier admitted to changing her name when she started working in the film industry. Reema Lamba was her birth name, and she ran away from home to pursue a career in Bollywood.
She had previously stated that she took her mother’s maiden name, Sherawat, but she has now disclosed why she changed her name. In a recent interview, the actor stated that her father believed Mallika’s entry into Bollywood would destroy the family’s image, therefore she chose to disavow the name.
Speaking to Bollywood Bubble she said, “It was my rebellion against patriarchy because my father said, ‘Ye filmo mein jayegi, parivaar ka naam kharab karegi, main tereko disown karta hoon (She will enter the film industry, she will ruin the family name, I disown you).’ Maine kaha, ‘Main tumhara naam hi disown karti hoon. Tum kya mujhe disown karoge (I told him that I disown your name). Yes, you’re my dad, I respect you, I love you, main apni maa ka naam use karungi (But I’ll use my mother’s name).’ So I used Sherawat, it’s my mother’s name,”.
Mallika has appeared in a number of films since her debut. When she performed a few strong scenes with Emraan Hashmi in Murder, she drew the attention of the entire country. Khwahish, Welcome, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, and Dasavatharam were among her later films. She appeared in films such as The Myth, starring Jackie Chan, and Politics of Love, which were both released internationally.
Mallika’s most recent appearance was in Rajat Kapoor’s ‘Rk/RKay’. She’ll next be seen in the digital series ‘Naqab’. Speaking about her journey so far, she told a leading daily, “I have auditioned to get work. I didn’t ever land a film without going through that. Even Jackie Chan had auditioned several actresses before casting me in his film (The Myth). The process was always there but I am not sure if it was followed as strictly for industry kids. This time around, when Rajat approached me for his film, he took me through a proper look test and screen-test and had told me that if he is not convinced about it, I won’t get the part.”