Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty Biography

Shilpa Shetty (born 8 June 1975) in Mangalore is a four-time Filmfare Award-nominated Indian film actress and model.She currently resides at the centre of the Hindi-language film industry in Mumbai, India. Both of them worked together in the film Fareb (2005)
Shetty currently lives in Mumbai with her parents and sister.Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood film actress.

Shilpa was crowned the winner of the British Celebrity Big Brother on 28 January 2007 with 63% of the final vote,after an international racism controversy involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd.

Shilpa Shetty was born in a strict and traditional close-knit family that hails from the Bunt community of South Canara/Mangalore, although she was born in Mangalore. She is the eldest daughter of Surendra and Sunanda Shetty, manufacturers of tamper-proof caps for the pharmaceutical industry,and her native language is Tulu although she can speak nearly ten other languages including English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu and basic French.

She attended St. Anthony Girls' High School, located in Chembur, and later attended Podar College. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She is also into sports and was the captain of the baseball team in school and earned a black belt in Karate and currently a dance sport expert and enthusiast.

Shetty started her career by modelling for Limca in 1991 at age 16, and made her film debut in 1993 at age 17 in Baazigar. Although she was a supporting actress alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, the film was a major success and earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.Her first leading role was in the film Aag in 1994, which was averagely received at the box office. She had a hit that same year with the film Main Khiladi Tu Anari opposite Akshay Kumar. This was followed by many films which were average to poor performers at the box office.

On 27 March 2007 News of the World, National Tabloid, UK had reported information about her date with Akshay Kumar back in 1999. Accordingly, someone very close to both Shilpa and Akshay has revealed private information that was kept as a secret from many people including Shilpa's parents.

On April 15th, Richard Gere kissed her several times in a stage show, thus creating another controversy.

In May 2003 a controversy erupted over alleged links between Shetty's parents and the Indian underworld. The Surat police issued arrest warrants against her parents on charges of extortion.
In April 2006, a Madurai court issued non-bailable warrants against Shetty and Reema Sen for "posing in an obscene manner" in photographs published by a Tamil newspaper.

Her first release after the reality show got a great opening. The movie, Life In A... Metro became the first Bollywood movie to premiere at Leicester Square.Danielle Lloyd was also invited by the actress to attend the premiere.

As well as modeling and acting, Shetty has associated herself with several other commercial and non-profit organizations.In February 2006 Shetty lent her support to a BBC World Service Trust television show designed to tackle the problem of HIV-AIDS in India.

In March 2006 various sources reported Shetty's joining PETA as part of an advertising campaign against the use of wild animals in circuses.According to a PETA India press release, Shetty is a long-time PETA supporter and has assisted the campaign by posing for photographs in a figure-hugging tiger costume.

In May 2006 , it was announced that Shetty would be the brand ambassador of Romanov Vodka. Sami Lala, President of United Spirits, said that Shetty was chosen for her status as an "aspirational icon", and that her "innate style, energy and attitude highlight the core attributes of the brand.

Shetty is a frequent subject of speculation regarding romance.

However, she has remained tight-lipped whenever questions of marriage are posed to her. Her previous relationships include an affair with actor Akshay Kumar, whom she met on the Main Khiladi Tu Anari set in 1994. The couple split in 2000 after he started dating Shetty's friend and fellow actress Twinkle Khanna .

She is also linked with Anubhav Sinha.In an interview for the Sunday Mirror a friend of Shetty revealed that she was "in love" with Sinha and that he was her "soulmate", but that she could not be with him for fear of parental disapproval, social stigma (Sinha is married with two children, although currently separated) and adverse public perception.

Shetty has stated that she plans to marry in three years and would love to adopt a teenage daughter.

Shilpa Shetty Filmography

Om Shanti Om (2007) - special appearance
Apne (2007)
Life in a... Metro (2007) - Shikha
Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006) - Ahana
Auto Shankar (2005) - Money Lender
Dus (2005) - Aditi
Fareb (2005) - Neha
Khamosh: Khauff Ki Raat (2005) - Sonia
Phir Milenge (2004) - Tamanna Sahani
Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) - Jannat
Darna Mana Hai (2003) - Gayathri
Ondagona Baa (2003) - Belli
Badhaai Ho Badhaai (2002) - Radha/Banto Betty
Chor Machaaye Shor (2002) - Kaajal
Hathyar (2002) - Gauri Shivalkar
Junoon (2002)
Karz (2002) - Sapna
Rishtey (2002) - Vaijanti
Indian (2001) - Anjali Rajshekar Azad
Bhalevadivi Basu (2001) - Shilpa
Maduve Agona Baa (2001) - Preeti
Preethsod Thappa (2001)
Azaad (2000) - Kanaka Mahalaxmi
Kushi (2000)
Dhadkan (2000) - Anjali
Jung (2000) - Tara (Balli's girlfriend)
Tarkieb (2000) - Preeti Sharma
Jaanwar (1999) - Mamta
Lal Baadshah (1999) - Lawyer's daughter
Shool (1999) - Dancer (in song 'UP Bihar')
Aakrosh (1998) - Komal
Pardesi Babu (1998) - Chinni Malhotra
Zameer (1997) - Roma Khurana
Dus (1997) - Journalist (Sutradhar)
Auzaar (1997) - Prathna Thakur
Gambler (1997) - Ritu
Insaaf (1997) - Divya
Prithvi (1997) - Neha
Veedeva Dani Babu (1997)
Mr. Romeo (1996) - Shilpa V. Kumar
Chhote Sarkar (1996) - Inspector Seema
Himmat (1996) - Nisha
Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya (1996) - Sona
Hathkadi (1995) - Neha
Aag (1994) - Bijli
Aao Pyaar Karen (1994) - Chhaya
Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) - Mona/Basanti
Baazigar (1993) - Seema Chopra

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