At last a director has given Mallika Sherawat
the look of her career: naagin, the snakewoman.
It's called Hisss, and you have to admit she
looks scary and sexy at the same time in this
still. The director? None other than Jennifer
Lynch, daughter of the cult American filmmaker,
David Lynch. Many years ago, Jennifer had
made Boxing Helena, another twisted erotic
thriller. Mallika plays a snake who can transform
herself into a stunningly beautiful woman,
and then turn back into a half snake, half
The make up effects are by Robert Kurtzman,
the artist behind Vanilla Sky and Evil Dead.
The kind of make-up used is MUFX (prosthetic
make-up) which is a technology that has won
numerous awards. Two make-up artists have
been working on Mallika's look and the material
she wears is so slimy that at times it just
sticks to the skin. Hiss will also star Irfan
Khan. Hiss is a joint Bollywood/Hollywood
co-production with Govind Menon and as producers.