Mallika Sherawat has joined the bandwagon of celebs transitioning to OTT and her latest offering is investigative thriller, ‘Nakaab’. The MX Player series features Sherawat as an inspiring single woman at the apex of the media industry. In an exclusive interaction with ETimes, Mallika opened up about playing Zohra Mehra in ‘Nakaab’, her co-stars and much more. Excerpts:
How did ‘Nakaab’ come your way?
Soumik Sen approached me with the script, he said ‘it’s an investigative thriller and you must do this series because it is very relevant to what’s happening in society’. The series showcases a mysterious death of a film actor and we don’t know whether it is a murder or a suicide. There is a lot of speculation. If you see around us what’s happening, there was a death this year and last year. It makes the series even more relevant because of the kind of pressure people are feeling in the entertainment industry and the role that social media is playing too.
Tell us about your character- Zohra Mehra?
Zohra Mehra is a TV and film producer in the entertainment industry. She is an absolutely ruthless and ambitious woman. She is not concerned with the judgements of the society but only wants to build her empire. For her, it’s the survival of the fittest, either kill or get killed. She uses people and she has no morals. Zohra just has one vision, where she wants to be the most powerful woman in the entertainment industry and she will do anything to achieve that.
How would you describe Esha Gupta as a co-star?
Esha Gupta is a sweetheart. We really had a good time together. We didn’t have a lot of scenes together but I have fond memories of the little time we spent together.
Do you wear a ‘Naqaab‘ in real life? Have there ever been moments when you had to wear a ‘Nakaab’?
I think everyone wears some kind of a ‘Nakaab’ and I am no different. When I am talking to my mother, I wear the biggest Naqaab. Everybody wears a Nakaab, you portray different personalities when you talk to your family and when you talk to your boyfriend. I think everybody wears a Nakaab and everybody has their secrets.
‘Nakaab’ is an MX Exclusive series that showcases death, scandal and undiscovered secrets unravelling in a gripping narrative. It follows the complexities of a high-profile death of an Indian television actress.