Her father Surendra and her mother, Sunanda are both manufacturers of tamper-proof water caps for the pharmaceutical industry. In Mumbai , Shetty attended St. A trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she was also captain of the volleyball team at school. Shetty continued to pursue her career as a model, until she became an actress. However, the film went unreleased, which meant that Shetty's debut release was her next film, Abbas-Mustan 's thriller Baazigar , alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
Inspired by the Hollywood film A Kiss Before Dying , the film featured Shetty in the supporting role of Seema Chopra, a girl who is murdered by her revenge-seeking boyfriend, played by Khan.
Baazigar proved to be a major box office hit and finished up as the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year. Co-starring Govinda and Sonali Bendre , the film saw Shetty portray Bijli, a village belle who is actually a plainclothes policewoman assigned to arrest a murderer played by Govinda at any cost. Aag emerged as a moderate box office success and fetched a mixed to positive critical reception, as did Shetty's performance. In the film, Shetty played the dual roles of Mona a cabaret dancer and a gangster's girlfriend and her look-alike Basanti a village belle.
The film which marked Shetty's first of many collaborations with Kumar proved to be a super-hit at the box office. Both the film as well as Shetty's performance received major critical acclaim; the success of Main Khiladi Tu Anari proved to be a breakthrough for Shetty.
The film which narrates the love story of a wealthy man and his maid played by Khan and Shetty respectively under-performed at the box office. She made her Tamil film debut with the released Mr. Romeo alongside actors Prabhu Deva and Madhoo. The film was a sleeper musical hit at the box office.
Her first major Bollywood film of that year was the action thriller Auzaar. Critically acclaimed roles — ; commercial success —present [ edit ] Shilpa at IIFA Awards In , Shetty received much acclaim for her role in Dhadkan , which earned reasonable takings at the Indian box office. Her comic performance as an eccentric fisherwoman was appreciated and she received a nomination under the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award category and nominations for Best Comedian as well.
According to Shetty, she chose to do the film because she liked the subject. The film was a police drama. The film, based on 's Philadelphia , was perceived to have tackled a social taboo as yet unaddressed by Bollywood.
She delivers, what can be rightly called, the performance of her career. Although it received average returns at the box office,  Shetty stated that she had taken the role to reinvent herself by portraying the rather unconventional character of an anti-terrorist squad member. The film was a major box office success and it earned her the name "The Gabbar Singh of the South" due to her villainous role in the film.
The film was a box office flop, but she got good reviews for her role as a not entirely likeable wife. Her first release, Life in a Metro , won a significant reception and became the first Bollywood movie to premiere at Leicester Square. Shetty starred in the unreleased Indo-Chinese drama The Desire , a film rescued during production by her mother who stepped in when its producer abandoned the project unfinished.
Shetty with Ajay Devgan on Nach Baliye 5 sets. Speaking about the film and HIV in general, Shetty said: It is a social stigma in our society. We made this film to highlight this problem This film will bring about a social awareness about AIDS in our country. It is high time we talked about this in our society". She explained that her crouching in a cage was uncomfortable during the photoshoot, but that her discomfort was insignificant compared to the pain suffered by the creatures.
The best way to help animals suffering in circuses is to boycott the circus". If I can make a little difference to their lives, why not go for it? In January , Shetty was a contestant on and the subsequent winner of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother 5. The only thing I really hope to keep is my self-respect and my dignity.
She further thanked the public for "a fantastic opportunity to make my country proud". Controversially, one of the housemates was Jade Goody , Shetty's Celebrity Big Brother co-contestant, with whom she was involved in the racism controversy. Goody left the series early after receiving news that she had cervical cancer , of which she later died on 22 March Shetty also co-owns the Indian chain of spas and salon called Iosis. In March , Shetty began hosting the reality television show Soney Ka Dil, which she also co-produced along with Kundra.
The show format is based on featuring ordinary people who have contributed their extraordinary help to others in need. With a black belt in karate and a dancesport expert,[ citation needed ] Shetty launched her fitness Yoga DVD in Controversies[ edit ] This article's Criticism or Controversy section may compromise the article's neutral point of view of the subject.
Please integrate the section's contents into the article as a whole, or rewrite the material. October Obscenity charge[ edit ] In April , a Madurai court issued non-bailable warrants against Shetty and actress Reemma Sen for "posing in an obscene manner" in photographs published by a Tamil newspaper. The petitioner further demanded that the images be confiscated under the terms of the Press and Registration of Book Act If navel-showing is obscenity, then our traditional Indian outfit — the traditional sari — should be banned in the first place.
Sabharwal confirmed that Shetty had written to him requesting that he enunciate guidelines against frivolous lawsuits against the artists, but he had refused her plea on the grounds that she should have filed a formal petition instead of writing a letter. Referring to Shetty, O'Meara generalised that all Indians were thin because they were "sick all the time" as a result of undercooking their food, following their belief that Shetty had undercooked a chicken,  which gave O'Meara diarrhoea.
Metro premiere at London 's Leicester Square , Shetty had been reduced to tears on several occasions, confiding to fellow housemate Ian Watkins: And I've forgiven them. Anyone, who knows me, knows I forgive and forget easily. Shetty speculated that she might be a victim of racism,  but later retracted it by claiming: The screening of the racial comments on UK television resulted in national and international media coverage, responses from the UK and Indian governments,  and the show's suspension during the season.
Also, many sponsors of the Big Brother series cancelled  or suspended  their sponsorship of the show. After conducting an investigation, Ofcom ruled that Channel 4 had breached the Ofcom code of conduct, and statutory sanctions were placed on the network.
Some groups demanded an apology from her and threatened to ban her movies in the state. But this was not a big thing or so obscene for people to overreact in such a manner. I struggle to understand these people's sentiments, but mainly I do not want a foreigner to take bad memories from here. The Indian media speculated on an engagement, and reported that Kumar wanted Shetty to quit films and settle down.
Shetty had stated, however, that she had no plans to marry. The couple broke up in whilst filming Dhadkan. The two married on 22 November During an interview on This Morning , Shetty confirmed that she had been asked to act in the British EastEnders soap opera, and turned it down as it would mean all her other arrangements would have to go on hold.
The large number of commercial offers that Shilpa received after winning Celebrity Big Brother 5 themselves became reason for controversy with an increasing number of accusations about her riding the "racism" wave to commercial gain.
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