“I have auditioned to get work. I didn’t ever land a film without going through that. Even Jackie Chan had auditioned several actresses before casting me in his film. The process was always there but I am not sure if it was followed as strictly for industry kids. This time around, when Rajat approached me for his film, he took me through a proper look test and screen-test and had told me that if he is not convinced about it, I won’t get the part. He was very frank. So, there is no escaping this process because eventually, the film benefits out of it. The director is certain that he can rely on his chosen set of actors to deliver, vis-a-vis being forced to work with someone they don’t necessarily find fit for the part,” Mallika explains.
As an actress, starting off a new innings in her career, Mallika believes there is immense responsibility on her shoulders to pick the best from what’s offered and give it her all. Talking about mapping her new journey in show business, she says, “Post this film, there is a web series which will be out soon. It’s a performance-oriented part and something I really enjoyed. Gradually, I can sense that directors are getting comfortable with out-of-the-box casting. They want to cast against the type. The thoughts and the medium of entertainment itself have evolved in a big way. Irrespective of the platform – film or digital – I am being offered more performance-oriented roles. Usually, after a decade or so, actresses are expected to retire and slow down. On the contrary, I am ready to run a new, and hopefully, a longer, a more challenging, and an interesting mile.”