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Ashmit: Mallika smartly sidelined me and Emraan

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Ashmit Patel

recently shared his experiences from the promotion of the 2004 film


, revealing how

Mallika Sherawat

smartly stole the spotlight from both him and

Emraan Hashmi

. In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Ashmit credited Mallika's keen understanding of the ‘

PR game

’ for her ability to dominate the film's publicity and how she sidelined him and


during the publicity tour as she knew exactly what to say.

recalled an incident where he expressed his concerns to producer

Mahesh Bhatt

, only to find that Bhatt was actively involved in positioning


as the film's face. He also recalled a controversial moment on set when Mallika accused him of choking her during a scene.
Ashmit explained that the scene required him to simulate choking her and he had used a technique suggested by Naseeruddin Shah to ensure safety. Despite this, Mallika raised a fuss, leading Bhatt to demand an apology from Ashmit. Ashmit insisted on reviewing the footage to prove his innocence, yet no apology from Mallika followed.

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He described his method acting approach, where he maintained a certain distance from Mallika to preserve on-screen tension. This approach might have been misunderstood, as Mallika attempted to break the ice several times. Reflecting on the incident, he suggested that better communication with director

Anurag Basu

might have prevented the misunderstanding.
During the film’s promotions, the tension persisted. Mallika was paired with Emraan, while Ashmit was relegated to lesser-known publications. "She was very ahead of her time, she knew how to play the PR game, and she took away a lot of the credit for the film, which neither me nor Emraan nor Anurag Basu get… During promotions, I was sent to the not-so-big publications, which left a bad taste in my mouth, it upset me a little bit. But that’s the game,” he said.

Murder, which became a box office hit and launched Emraan and Mallika into stardom, eventually spawned two sequels. Ashmit continued his career with various film roles and gained further recognition through reality show appearances.

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