While celebrities are lining up to appear on 10 Ka Dum hosted by Salman Khan, Mallika Sherawat has walked down the route less taken and has insisted she will make and appearance only if she's paid a cool Rs 50 lakh and she has got it too!
Says a source, "Last year, the channel wanted Mallika to appear on 10 Ka Dum. She wasn't particularly interested even though they had promised her they'd promote her film Ugly Aur Pagli. Also Mallika didn't have the dates. Mallika and Salman had issues with each other during the 2006 Rockstars tour. Salman, who is not known to forgive easily, has not tried to mend fences with Mallika since and Mallika played up the diva bit and didn't send out an olive branch either.
Adds the source, "They patched up last year after meeting up at an event. After that, Mallika was even seen attending Sallu's birthday bash in Panvel along with her brother, Vikram Singh, the producer of Hissss."
Apparently, the actress one day impulsively rang up Salman and got herself invited to his birthday. As soon as she reached there, she greeted Sallu warmly and told him she liked his films and dreamt of acting with him one day. Salman was floored. After that, they have become good friends and now get along like a house on fire.
The source continues, "Sony was very eager to have Mallika on their show. This time, Mallika was agreeable as she and Salman were on very friendly terms. But Mallika insisted that she would come only if she was paid a certain sum. She will also be talking about her next release, Hissss, which is being directed by Hollywood director Jennifer Lynch. Now that the money issue has been sorted out, Mallika will be shooting for 10 Ka Dum on May 24."
Mallika Sherawat-starrer Hissss, directed by Jennifer Lynch, which is based on the myth of the vengeful snake woman has Endeavor Independent, which handled the worldwide sales of Slumdog Millionaire, handling worldwide sales for the film in Cannes. Apparently Endeavor was impressed after watching the promo of the film at a special preview in Los Angeles.