Legendary soccer star Diego Maradona might think Mallika Sherawat is the hottest Indian actress alive but it's not Diego but Oliver Stone who Mallika finds very hot. The two met at the Global Brand Forum in Malaysia. Mallika gushes, "It was a fabulous experience! I must admit I was star-struck. Oliver's made so many classics (JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers)... The reason I accepted the invitation was because of the opportunity to meet him. When we met, we spoke about so many things. We got along like a house on fire! Oliver's an extremely interesting person to talk to and has a knowledge of so many things. I really enjoyed meeting him."
What were some of the issues they touched on? Mallika says, "We were there to talk about branding and we spoke of going against the grain to create a personal brand. I guess we have that in common besides a love for cinema."
Mallika adds that Stone didn't mention any Hindi films in the course of their conversation. "However he did state on the forum that no foreign language film has really ever crossed over and that the only way for us to cross over is to make English language films. At that point, I silently asked myself: 'what about Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?' But then, that's as rare as a Tamil film like Roja crossing over to the north, so I guess he's right."
Prior to her visit to Malaysia, Mallika was given the 2008 Renaissance Artist Award during the 16th annual Diversity Awards at the Globe Theater in Universal City in California. Madame M's reaction: "Well there's a first for everything, isn't there?"