All men can’t be dogs, noh? My father is a man.What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you on a shoot? You know, shoots are just generally hilarious so I can’t pick one thing out. But funny things happen to me all the time in life. For instance, the funniest thing happened to me the other day: I got a call from someone about a casting opportunity a few days ago. This guy tells me: 'Mallika ji, there’s an important producer who wants to launch a big TV show and we’d like to cast you – we need a moti ladki.' So I asked him to tell me a bit more and he just kept repeating that they need a 'moti ladki.' This went on for 15 minutes. Now that you’re famous on social media, I’m sure you have legions of fans of the “ey madam, wanna frandsheep?” variety. How do you handle that? Funnily enough, even those messages have been quite polite these days. I think that has something to do with the fact that my characters are not very ladylike. Now most of the comments I get are along the lines of 'hai ma’am, you’re so funny and beautiful' and that’s okay. And then there are the guys who want to compliment you in the comment section but don’t quite know how, so they say things like 'woh moti wali itni cute hai' and it’s a riot. My direct messages on Instagram are gross though. The secret is to just ignore the creeps. And how do you handle a creep in real life? I behave extremely childish around men like that so that they feel like pedophiles and leave me alone. I find it’s better to do this than it is to fear them – you know how dogs can smell fear? So… men are dogs? No, no. Men are not dogs, but those kutta-type men are. All men can’t be dogs, noh? My father is a man. Wise words, indeed. So, what’s next for you? I want to do everything – films, theatre, webseries – the works! In fact, I plan on leaving my job and going into this full-time, but I have a few things to take care of first. Eventually, I’d also love to try stand-up comedy as well, but it scares the shit out of me. I have a plan in place, though – I’ll hit the stage only after I’ve had a lot of drinks to calm my nerves.
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