Fittingly, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat got political when she talked about women’s rights in India and how that relates to her biopic “Dirty Politics.”

“It’s about the story of a woman who gets involved with a politician,” Sherawat told Variety’s Steve Gaydos at The Variety Studio: Cannes Edition at Chivas House, adding “It was not her who scandalized society. India is such a hypocritical society where women are really at the bottom of society compared to men. And here was this woman who actually had the courage to stand up to this politician who kind of raped her, molested her, abused her and record his misgivings and release it to the press. You don’t do that in a country like India.”

Sherawat says it’s “challenging for any actor to be in a biopic” because you have to resemble the person both physically and mentally. She also became an easy media target.

“I was the first actress in India to kiss on screen and wear a bikini,” she says. “Imagine in this 21st century. And instantly, I became a fallen women and a star at the same time.”