Mallika Sherawat is gearing up to be shot to shot by ace photographer Richard Avedon, who immortalized the '80s German actress Nastassja Kinski by clicking her with just an enormous boa constrictor wrapped around her.
The actress, who is playing a snake-woman in her home production titled Hissss, wants to take her association with a snake to a whole different level!
A source close to Mallika confirms, "She is currently in Los Angeles and she plans to do a photo shoot conceptualised and (to be) shot by ace photographer Richard Avedon this week. The concepts of both the shoots are similar, as in they involved a snake and an actress." The photo session will take place at Studio 838, owned by fashion photographer Ash Gupta.
While Nastassja was naked in her photograph, it remains to be seen how far Mallika will go in terms of skin show. However an insider reveals, "Mallika will also go bare for the pictures. The sexy reptilian images captured will be used as key-art for the Hisss poster and marketing materials upon the film's release."
Footage from the feature film and photo stills from the reptilian shoot will be unveiled next month at the Cannes Film Festival. Sherawat had last appeared at Cannes in 2004 with Jackie Chan.
The Nastassja shoot
During a PBS interview, Richard Avedon had said this about his photo shoot with Nastassja: "Nastassja spent two hours on a cement floor naked. They anchored the snake around her ankles then waited to see what the snake would do. Shot after shot did not work.
Then finally, after many takes, the boa undulated across Kinski's hip and slowly made its way toward her head. Seconds later the snake came to within inches of the actress' ear, then almost languorously extended its fangs, as if in a kiss."