Ever since Mallika Sherawat stepped out of the Bhatt camp and took up films with outside banners, there have been stories circulating about the ‘strained’ relationship between the quote queen and mentor Mahesh Bhatt. But looks like that’s a thing of the past now. An insider informs us that Mallika never really rebelled and that she has always had a great affection for Mahesh Bhatt. “In fact, she never tires of expressing this to her friends,” says the source. What’s more, we hear even Mahesh Bhatt can’t stop praising the actress these days. He insists that though there have been many actresses who have started their careers with him, Mallika is the smartest of the lot. “That’s because whatever you tell her, she takes it down and digests it. She first understands what she doesn’t know – so that she can learn more,” he was overhead saying about the Sherawat babe. Hmmm… now we wonder if we’ll be seeing a sequel to Murder soon?