Bears a resemblance to actress Halle Berry.
Has a degree in Philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University.
Some of her favorite films are Sholay (1975), Silsila (1981) and Masoom (1983).
Is the first Indian woman to get an offer to pose nude for Playboy magazine and appear on the cover. Mallika turned down the offer in an attempt to avoid the risk of being blacklisted in the Indian film industry.
The cost of the diamonds that Mallika wore at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 was Rs 45 million. They were sponsored by Orra Diamonds. Nine sets of jewelery were especially designed for Mallika, including diamond studded necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Changed her name from Reema Lamba to Mallika Sherawat when she did her first film, Khwahish (2003). She claims to have changed it because there were already too many actresses in the industry with similar names like Reema Sen, Raima Sen, and Rimii Sen.
She accepted the Advisory Board membership of the Asian Academy of film and television supporting the film education in India.
In April 2006, Mallika went on her first world tour of concert performances called Rock Stars along with Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur, Zayed Khan, Esha Deol, and John Abraham.
Turned down the role of Sira in Private Moments (2005).
Although little about her past is known, she has admitted that she was once married prior to entering the film industry.
Listed as number 9 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25- 2006)
Listed #4 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/2006).
Her performance at the televised 2006 New Year's Eve show at the hotel J.W. Marriot, in Mumbai, caused social activist Vinod Jain to urge police to take immediate action against the actress for wearing suggestive clothing. Mallika was dressed in a body-hugging skin suit and a silver bikini to top it. He said that Mallika's dancing was distasteful and and portrayed Indian women indecently. Jain approached the Santa Cruz police station about the matter, but they told him that no one filed a complaint against her.
Was invited and attended the wedding of Princess Myasa, King Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa's daughter, in Qatar. Mallika is good friends with the Princess. (Jan 2007).
Is estranged from her parents and family, who are very religious and don't agree with Mallika working in the movies.
After graduating from college, Mallika got married to Karan Singh Gill, a pilot for Jet Airways. The marriage quickly ended in divorce. It was after the divorce that Mallika, then known as Reema, decided to try her luck at movies.
For a while, Mallika worked as an air hostess.