Mallika joins the ranks of Halle Berry

She may keep a low profile here, but Mallika Sherawat is creating waves abroad. The diva is a recipient of the US-based Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Diversity Awards and is flying to attend a starstudded gala dinner this Sunday in California. Mallika, who will be presented the 2008 Renaissance Artiste Award — given to artistes of diverse creative talents worldwide, will join other international celebs from the film and television industry at the Universal Studios’ Global Theatre for the presentation ceremony. The citation behind the award states it is bestowed for the recipients’ “distinctive on-screen persona that is uniquely their own and allows their character depictions to bring audiences from laughter to tears”.

A surprised Mallika told CT,
“I thought it was a hoax! But
then I said stranger things than an Indian actress getting an award in Hollywood have happened... like a handsome black man in the White House!”

Past recipients of the award include top Hollywood actresses like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, and Monica Belluci. Mallika said modestly, “I’m certainly not in their league yet, but hopefully in t e n ye a r s —when I ’ve worked as long as they have, I’ll have a body of work that’s as good.”
Meanwhile, after The Myth with Jackie Chan, the actress is doing Hiss for Hollywood with Jennifer Lynch and Robert Kurtzman. “It’s going to shock the hell out of you, but you will be entertained,” Mallika promised.