She said she does not know about Devika Rani. Fair enough. Mallika Sherawat was corrected that she is not the first actress to kiss on screen. Devika Rani did it way back in the 30s.
The beauty of cinema is, of course, about much more than that. Some of us who manage to dig end up with gems, for that is what the purpose is. Movies have always been about escape, a little exaggeration and such immense beauty.
I am reminded of that line from 'Sunset Boulevard':
"I am big! It's the pictures that got small."
This scene from 'Karma' (1933, starring Devika Rani and Himanshu Rai; all 'dialogues' were in English) is just delightful at so many levels. Particularly how the woman is completely unselfconscious, vivacious. The device of using a 'squirrel'...can't get friskier than that!