Erat Demonstrandum. Bollywood glamour has gone global
with an international magazine anointing Mallika
Sherawat as the sex goddess who 'once again' showcased
Cannes as a centre for 'steamy glamour'.
The 'unbuttoned movie glamour' of the so gorgeous, so
curvaceous, so genial Ms Sherawat — now pouting, now
pirouetting, as though she was to the Red Carpet born
— has been compared to the lusty charms of Brigitte
Bardot who set the Riviera on fire, almost 50 years
ago....When she was just 18 and husband-director Roger
Vadim brought her to Cannes with And God Created Woman,
the film which was condemned by the Catholic Church's
Legion of Decency but which went on to make her Europe's
most famous pin-up girl of the mid 20th century.
Till today, she is to Europe what Marilyn Monroe is to
America. And may we add — what Mallika Sherawat might
end up being for Indiaah!
It isn't really strange that we haven't heard a word
about Ms Sherawat's talents in the acting department
from anybody who has seen or heard her at Cannes. No
spoken or written word, not a single mention about her
performance in The Myth, India's first current crossover
act. Nevertheless, we applaud her histrionics in the
Mallika has managed to export Indian oomph unlike any
other desi. The West will no longer swoon over Indian
curry, tandoori and the Bhangramuffin alone.
To her goes the credit of creating an entirely new and
global brand of Indian sensuality: the McIndian oomph
which has the Indian choli ending up as even more
titillating than the Western bikini. Henceforth, don't
be surprised if you see Pamela Anderson parading herself
in the sequinned splendour of the haute Indian
And are we complaining? Nah! Because everybody loves a
sex kitten. From her first 30 naked seconds of screen
time in her first big hit (And God Created Woman),
Bardot has remained an icon for men and women alike.
— of the just-got-outof-bed-hair and the pronounced
pout — may not have been the most intellectual role
model but even diehard feminists like Simone De Beauvoir
saw her as a symbol of power: as someone who was both
'hunter and prey'.
As that other 'sex goddess', Marilyn Monroe summed up:
"A sex symbol becomes a thing, I just hate being a
thing. But if I'm going to be a symbol of something, I'd
rather have it (be) sex than some other thing we've got
symbols of."So, show them more, Sherawat! The
applause can only get louder.