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Overview (2)

Born in Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film Baazigar (1993). The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the box office, though she did receive critical acclaim for some of her performances. Then in 1998, 'Pardesi Babu' was released and people noticed her again. Two years after that she finally delivered a super hit, 'Dhadkan'. Since then her career has taken an up turn. In 2002, she had several releases and films like 'Hathyar' and 'Rishtey'. They solidified her status as a brilliant actress. In 'Rishtey' she stole the show from superstars Anil Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor. However, it was in 2004 that her performance in 'Phir Milenge' that brought her to the top actress list. In 2005, she delivered modest hits like 'Fareb' (where she costarred with sister Shamita Shetty and Manoj Bajpayee) and Dus.

Though she has worked with top actors, unlike many Bollywood actresses who are either scared of or shy away from working with top actresses, Shilpa has worked with numerous talented actresses (such as Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Tabu, Kajol, Mahima Chaudhry and Konkona Sen Sharma) and is said to share a great rapport with her co-stars.

Today her career boasts of her versatility. In 'Baazigar' she played a naive college student, in 'Aag' a charming village girl, in 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' a street dancer, in 'Himmat' a seductive cop, in 'Dus' an anti-terrorist agent, in 'Fareb' a doctor and housewife, in 'Phir Milenge' an HIV positive, in 'Pardesi Babu' a charming city lass, in 'Dhadkan' she is forced to betray her lover, in 'Khamosh' a prostitute, in 'Jung' a sensational club dancer, in 'Tarkieb' a promiscuous military nurse, in 'Rishtey' a comical and tragic performance as a fisher woman, in 'Darna Mana Hai' a housewife haunted by apples and in 'Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar' a negative role where she plays a model turned housewife.

In 2000, Shilpa reinvented herself and became known as one of the hottest actresses in the industry! She is the only Bollywood actress who has been seen to do a split on screen and is known today to have the best body in Bollywood. She is also recognized as a graceful dancer.

Shilpa Shetty laughed a lot when she was young. She still laughs most of the time. According to Shilpa's mother (Sunanda), Shilpa was a naughty child and was called a "fightercock" as she mostly fought with her younger sister (Shamita). Her mom also acknowledges that she was a very bubbly and vivacious child and her pet name is "Manya" but her mom calls her "babucha" or "Honeybunch". Shilpa went to school at St. Anthony's Girl's convent in Chembur, then she went to Podar College.

Shilpa was her school team's baseball captain. She is a black belt karate champion. She actively participated in her father's chemical business. Acting was the only thing she had not tried her hand at.

Shilpa is known to have a great sense of humor and has the capacity to crack jokes on herself. She'll start laughing even before you crack a joke. Shilpa's favorite actors include Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan. Shilpa's method of spending a holiday would be to wake up late, cook, watch movies, work out and spend time with her family. She is also a huge fan of prints, especially Tiger and Leopard prints. Her room is filled with all the different kind of prints. Even her pillow case.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: http://www.shilpa-shetty.com

Spouse (1)

Raj Kundra (22 November 2009 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (27)

Older sister of Shamita Shetty
Sued Stardust India magazine because the magazine produced a report about her on-off relationship with Akhsay Kumar. According to her opinion, the article made her name disgraced and she lost some offers on films. She won the lawsuit. [2000]
Indian top model.
Captain of her school's baseball team. She is also a black-belt karate champion.
Won Best Supporting Actress for Pardesi Babu (1998) at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards.
Sahara One crowned her the 2004 DIVA of the year.
Shilpa and Shamita are the first sisters to appear in a film together in the history of Bollywood.
Shilpa is considered to have the best body in Bollywood.
AIDS activist and PETA supporter.
Her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother (2001) caused a huge racism and bullying row. As several housemates didn't approve of her presence, they made fun of her accent, cooking and native country. Following these incidents, broadcasting network Channel 4 received a record-breaking 40,000 complaints, and the controversy developed into a diplomatic crisis between the UK and India. Even Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, while visiting India, condemned these acts of unfairness and intolerance (January 2007).
Beside her native language Tulu, she speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil and Urdu.
Shilpa's cousin - Prem Shetty - was credited with a 'Special Thanks' on the acclaimed Indian art house film entitled 'The Last Monk' which premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival 2006.
In 2007, she won series 5 of Celebrity Big Brother (2001).
Her movie Phir Milenge was viewed by the United Nations who appreciated the movie for its support of AIDS awareness.
Received critical acclaim and nominations for her performances in movies like: Baazigar, Dhadkan, Rishtey and Phir Milenge.
She donated all the money she made from her movie 'Phir Milenge' to an AIDS charity.
Is diabetic.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son Viaan Raj Kundra on May 21, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Raj Kundra.
Was signed for Rambha's role in Jung opposite Ajay Devgan, but opted out.
Changed her name from Ashwini Shetty to Shilpa Shetty for her acting career.
Starred in Sanjay Gupta 's shelved film " Dostana" . Co starring Sanjay Dutt and Fardeen Khan.
Yash Chopra's assistant Dilip Naik had seen her pictures while she was in college. Yash Chopra was impressed with her pictures and signed her for a home production that was eventually shelved. This was before Baazigar.
Starred in Aruna Raje shelved film " Lal Batti" . She was to play a prostitute. This was in 2002.
The much touted project Hollywood movie Hanuman was set to go on floors in November. 2006. Produced by Uru Patel and directed by Luis Mendoki, the film was set to be shot in Morocco and Canada. The film was also said to be associated with a major international studio, who was aid in marketing it.It was in the planning for over two years, all was complete and even the storyboard was ready. Sources inform that the film is a modern day interpretation and was to star Keanu Reeves as Ram, Aseem Merchant as Laxman and Shilpa Shetty will play the role of Sita. The film got shelved.
Was engaged to music director Sandeep Chowta.
Mother Sunanda produced the film The Desire: A Journey of a Woman . Sunanda is usually mistaken for another producer named.Sunanda R Shetty. That is due to them having the same name.
Sister changed her name from Sabita Shetty to Shamita Shetty for her acting career.

Salary (1)

Celebrity Big Brother (2001) £200,000

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