Bollywood sex bomb too hot for Pakistan
Censors cut actress' scenes even though she's fully dressed. -TNP
IT doesn't matter if she is fully clothed ornot.
Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat, 27, is just too hot for some people.
Her reputation for taking on sexy roles, wearing barely anything on screen, has preceded her in Pakistan.
The Mumbai-based tabloid Mid-Day reported that the Pakistan Film Censor Board threatened to ban her latest film, Welcome, if theatre owners screened it without the recommended cuts.
The board had cut three scenes which involved Mallika and co-star Feroz Khan, declaring they were 'obscene'.
The board felt that Mallika 'fostered obscenity and is a bad influence on youngsters'.
Mumbai newspaper Daily News & Analysis reported that while the cinema owners received the censored version last month, audiences did not like it.
In order to attract the crowd, the cinema owners screened the uncensored version and put banners up at their movie theatres stating: 'Come and see the uncensored version of Welcome'.
It has reportedly drawn the audience back into the cinemas.
Funnily enough, in this comedy, Mallika is fully clothed throughout.
And she appears in a supporting part, rather than in the leading role.
Director Anees Bazmee told Mid-Day he was unhappy about the cuts, as they would affect the film's plot.
He said: 'It's very sad to know that scenes which have Mallika have been chopped.
'There is no obscenity in any of the scenes and for the first time Mallika has been shot very aesthetically and has worn traditional attire like the sari and a ghagra choli (traditional long skirt and blouse).'
Mallika, whose real name is Reema Lamba first made the headlines in 2003 with her debut film Khwahish (Desire) for having 17 steamy on-screen kisses.
The actress who once dubbed herself the 'box office Viagra' is also known for displaying her curvaceous body and ample cleavage frequently in her films.
She co-starred with Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan in the 2005 film The Myth.
Mallika could not be reached for comment.
Daily News & Analysis reported that another reason for the cuts could be Feroz Khan.
The 69-year-old veteran Bollywood actor had made uncomplimentary remarks about Pakistan during a 2006 visit to the country.
He and his films were banned in Pakistan following his remarks at a public forum where he was a delegate.
Pakistan recently eased a ban on Bollywood films by allowing select Hindi films to be screened around the country.
Indian films were banned in Pakistan after the 1965 war between the two countries.
Two months ago, the Pakistan parliament proposed lifting the ban completely but no decision has been made so far.
This article was first published in The New Paper on Feb 18, 2008.
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