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Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty was born on June 8, 1975, to Surendra Shetty and Sunanda Shetty. Not many people are aware that Shilpa Shetty's parents were models in their time. Shilpa Shetty's mother had modelled for Forhans, Bournvita and her father for Yera glasses. So after tenth standard (grade), when Shilpa Shetty had some free time, she went up to a photographer opposite her building and asked him to take her pictures. Shilpa Shetty gave her photographs to various ad agencies and work started coming in.

At that time, Shilpa Shetty was only 15 and wanted to become a ramp model but she didn't get in because she was only 5'7" and not as skinny and tall as other models. Shilpa Shetty was heart broken when they rejected her. But Shilpa Shetty became couple of inches taller later.

Shilpa Shetty had no background in acting, but at the age of 17, she was offered the leading role in her first film "Gaata Rahe Mera Dil" opposite Rahul Roy. But sadly the film never got completed and was stalled. But the offer didn't stop there, the next film Shilpa Shetty was offered was Baazigar, opposite Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. Which became a super hit and Shilpa Shetty earned a Filmfare nomination for Best New Comer.

Next, Shilpa Shetty signed two films with Govinda and both flopped and things seem to get worse. But it was her one song 'Churake Dil Mera' in Main Khiladi Tu Anari opposite her ex-boyfriend Akshay Kumar, which completely gave Shilpa Shetty a new image in Bollywood. Shilpa Shetty became the hottest thing ever to happen in Bollywood and she recieved more praise for her (5'10") body than her performances. Shilpa Shetty's films flopped one after the another and at one point, she thought of quitting.

By that time, Shilpa Shetty had already worked in couple of films in Telugu and Tamil. Then Shilpa Shetty signed Pardesi Babu opposite Govinda and Raveena Tandon. The film flopped but Shilpa Shetty won the 'Best Supporting Actress' award at the Zee Gold Bollywood Award.

Again, another two films, "Jaanwar "and "Lal Baadshah," flopped. By then the industry had written off Shilpa until her special appearance song 'Main Aayi Hoon U.P. Bihar Lootne' brought her back. The film "Shool "became a hit and Shilpa Shetty's song spreaded like a wild fire.

In 2000, Shilpa Shetty starred opposite Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty in director Dharmesh Darshan's "Dhadkan." The film that redefined Shilpa Shetty. Shilpa Shetty was finally noticed for her acting abilities. Shilpa Shetty earned a IIFA (International Indian Film Awards) award in the 'Best Actress' category. The film itself became an average at the box office.

Then followed some hit films like "Kushi" (Tamil), "Preethsod Thappa" (Kannada), and "Indian" (Hindi).

In 2002, Shilpa Shetty had five films ready for release: "Badhaai Ho Badhaai," "Chor Machaaye Shor," "Hathyar," "Karz," and "Rishtey." Sadly all the films flopped and even worst, Karz and Rishtey released on the same day. But not everything was sad in 2002. In Hathyar, Shilpa Shetty bagged more praise for her role than her co-star Sanjay Dutt. And in Rishtey, Shilpa Shetty was reported as the only good thing about the film. Shilpa Shetty recieved two nominations in the 'Best Comedian' category, one by the Screen Awards and the other by Sansui Viewers Choice Movie Awards. And Filfare nominated Shilpa Shetty in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Shilpa Shetty recieved mixed reviews in 2003 for her role in "Darna Mana Hai" and her film with Ravichandran Ondagona Baa (Kannada) became a hit.

Shilpa Shetty's first release in 2004 was director Punit Issar Garv, opposite her close friend Salman Khan. Shilpa Shetty only had songs in the film, but the film managed to became a hit. Then came director Revathy's "Phir Milenge" opposite Abhishek Bachchan and Salman Khan. "Phir Milenge" dealt with HIV/AIDS issue where Shilpa Shetty played the victim (Tamanna) of an HIV positive. "Phir Milenge" changed every critics image of Shilpa Shetty. She recieved great reviews for her performance. Shilpa Shetty was awarded by the Giant International Award for "Phir Milenge." Indo-Pak's Young Achiever also awarded Shilpa Shetty.

In 2004, Shilpa Shetty was nominated in the 'Best Actress' category at every award ceramony, including Filmfare, IIFA, and Screen Awards to name a few. But in a film industry where the 'popular' people rules, Shilpa Shetty was ignored yet again by every single award ceramonies.

In 2005, AAHOA awarded Shilpa Shetty for her role in "Phir Milenge." Shilpa Shetty appeared in director Deepak Tijori's "Khamosh" where she played a call-girl. Shilpa Shetty was cast opposite her sister Shamita Shetty in "Fareb" alongside Manoj Bajpai and also directed by Deepak Tijori. Shilpa Shetty also appeared in the multi-starrer "Dus," directed by Anubhav Sinha. Shilpa Shetty managed to over shadow the guys in "Dus" with her actions, especially the high kick. Recently Shilpa Shetty's film "Auto Shankar" opposite Upendra was released and is doing great at the box office.

Currently, in Mumbai, Shilpa Shetty is an AIDS activits and she's also representing PETA India against animal cruelty.


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Age: 39 years old
Birthday: June 8, 1975
Height: 5' 10"
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu, India

 
 
 
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