2007 was a 'guest appearance' outing for Mallika Sherawat.
Though she featured in three films, each of which went on to be money spinners at the box office, she didn't really have a pivotal part to the play in the plot. At the beginning of the year, she belly danced to 'Maiyya Maiyya' in Guru and disappeared after a 5 minutes appearance. Later she danced to 'Mehbooba Mehbooba' with Himesh Reshammiya, refused to kiss him on the lips, pocketed close to Rs. 1 crore for around 20 minutes screen time, and then pronto said a good bye. The year ended with a blockbuster Welcome and while this was the only film where she had something better to do both in terms of screen time and relevance to the film's plot, it again wasn't really The Mallika Sherawat movie.
Now 2008 is certainly a happening year for Mallika Sherawat, especially the current season, which would see two of her films arriving in back to back months. While her Ugly Aur Pagli has been confirmed for a 25th July release, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam would arrive on either 22nd or 29th August. Incidentally both the films are comedies and come with altogether unique storylines.
Ugly Aur Pagli is a breezy romantic comedy entertainer that explores the love hate relationship between an aggressive Mallika and a meek Ranvir Shorey who is greeted with 99 slaps, only to be presented with a solitary kiss. A PNC production, the film is being aggressively promoted and would be arriving on the same day as Mission Istanbul and Money Hai To Honey Hai.
On the other hand Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam seems to be a riotous outing waiting to happen with a mad bunch of actors like Rahul Bose, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon pairing with Mallika to do something really unique on screen. Together, they form a part of a drama troupe called 'Kalakar Natak Company' that produces socially relevant and thought-provoking plays, which no one understands and hardly anyone sees.
Well, one thing is for sure. No one may be giving this Natak Company a dekko but when Mallika is seen in a hot avtar in Ugly Aur Pagli and later as a fully dressed 'Anarkali' in Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam, audience would certainly arrive in hordes.