Mumbai: Actress Mallika Sherawat and director K C Bokadia claimed they have received "threatening calls" for being part of an upcoming film inspired by Bhanwari Devi, a Rajasthan-based nurse who was allegedly murdered.
Mallika is playing the lead role in 'Dirty Politics', being directed by Bokadia.
The 36-year-old nurse had gone missing from Jodhpur's Bilara area and was killed in 2011.
Sherawat and Bokadia received "threatening calls" for being part of an upcoming film inspired by Bhanwari Devi.
"I have received threats. There was a call that my brother received, saying "tell your sister to stay away from this topic and from the film". I think these kinds of threats will be issued," Mallika told reporters here.
"I have also received a lots of threats. I know my duty as a filmmaker. Though I am inspired by the Bhanwari Devi case I have presented it in my own style. I think it will be a clean and good film. We have done the film in our way..it is
one of the best films that I have made," Bokadia said.
The duo, however, did not say if they intend to lodge a police complaint over the threats. The Bollywood director felt the "Murder" actress fits the bill for the role. "I don't think anyone else could have done this film. I think 5-10 years back when I had seen her performance in 'Murder' I had not thought I would work with her. This film required her and I am happy she is doing it."
Mallika said everyone has to play politics to survive and she is no exception. "Everyday we have to play politics to survive. I do both good and bad politics. I would like to do dirty politics...dirtier the better. In the film industry, I
think every actor is victim of politics."
About her role in "Dirty Politics", she said "The role is bold. I never tried to change my image and I don't need to do it. I am very happy with my image."
"This is a difficult role to do. I liked the script and agreed to be part of it. From the beginning of my career, I have done female-oriented roles but very few such roles are written in Bollywood," she said.