Mumbai: Actress Mallika Sherawat was in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia last week, where she was invited as a guest speaker at the Global Brand Forum 2008 along with Oliver Stone.
Sherawat shared her thoughts & comments with personalities like The Melium Group president Dato’ Farah Khan, which deals with retailing and brand managing of international lifestyle and fashion labels.
The actress gave her insightful & original views about the exciting challenges and opportunities facing the movie business and the impact of Indian films in brands and business. The discussion was moderated by international TV interviewer Riz Khan.
Sherawat said, "It was a huge surprise for me to be invited to the global forum along with Stone – What do we have in common, I asked myself. I guess for better or for worse we both have our own brands – and as Stone says – people either love or hate his films, but certainly have a strong opinion about him, his politics and his films."
"I guess its the same for me – there are young people around the country who have embraced me and on the other hand people in the country, in the film industry and in advertising think I’m too controversial, radical etc., for their liking", she added.
"Besides that he has a genius who has achieved so much and I’ve just begun my tough climb. But to share the same stage with someone who’s made JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers and U Turn – All I can say is Wow!", she said.
The Global Brand Forum is Asia’s leading organization dedicated to thought leadership, bringing the world’s most inspiring and influential leaders to Asia. In the past, the forum brought together global icons such as Rudi Giuliani, Francis Ford Coppola, Dr. Warren Bennis, Dame Anita Roddick, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Tom Peters, Prof David Acker, Faith Popcorn, Jack Trout, Martin Lindstrom, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and several others for the first time on the same platform to speak on brands, business and leadership.
Sherawat also recently won the 2008 Renaissance Artist Award at the 16th Annual Diversity Awards held at the Universal City in California.