Shilpa Shetty PROFILE
With no film background, but enough confidence for starters, Shilpa Shetty joined Bollywood. She came to be considered ‘star’ material when her very first film, Baazigar where she was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her role, though a small one, was full of substance and one expected her to hit it off big from there itself, but so was not the case. Shilpa Shetty, with her unconventional looks, may have worked with the A listers including Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Govinda and even Amitabh Bachchan, but her career has remained inert. Some of her remarkable films have been Main Khiladi Tu Anari with Akshay Kumar, Gambler with Govinda, Auzaar with Salman Khan and Lal Baadshah with Amitabh Bachchan. The first ever ‘big’ hit of her career came with Dhadkan where she starred opposite Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty, the film was the year’s biggest musical hit.
Through the late 90s and early 2000s, she was also seen in movies like Rishtey, Andaz, Junoon, Jung, Indian, Tarkieb, Karz, Phir Milenge and Dus.
She was also seen in Khamoshh and Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar, both of which failed at the box-office. In the year 2007, Shilpa got embroiled in a controversy when she was racially abused on the U.K. Celebrity Big Brother. She ended up winning the reality show in the same year.
In 2007, she was also seen in Life in a Metro and Apne, both of which received a lot of appreciation from the audiences. In the year 2008, she was seen in the popular dance number, Shut Up And Dance from the film Dostana.
Shilpa has also bought an Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Rajasthan Royals, along with her husband Raj Kundra. Shetty married Raj Kundra on November 22, 2009, and gave birth to her first child, Viaan Raj Kundra on 21 May 2012. Shilpa has judged various television shows in recent times.