Shilpa Shetty Kundra (born 8 June 1975) is an Indian actress, she is also a businesswoman and a former model.
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Shilpa’s Early life and modelling career:
In 2016, during a visit to a fashion show in Dhaka, Shetty mentioned that her Bengali ancestors hailed from Sylhet in Bangladesh as well as her future plans on visiting her ancestral Sylheti homestead and acting in a Bangladeshi film.
Shetty’s father, Surendra, and her mother, Sunanda, are both manufacturers of tamper-proof water caps in the pharmaceutical industry. In Mumbai, Shetty attended St. Anthony Girls’ High School in Chembur, Mumbai, and later attended Podar College in Matunga.
She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she was also captain of the volleyball team at school.
In 1991, after completing her tenth grade examinations, Shetty began her career as a model with a Limca television commercial, and subsequently featured in several other commercials and advertisements, following which she began receiving offers for film roles. Shetty continued to pursue her career as a model, until she became an actress.
Debut and early roles (1993–1994)
Shilpa started her debut career by working in her first romantic drama film “Gaata Rahe Mera Dil” directed by Dilip Naik which tells the story of a girl involved in a love triangle between two men (played by Ronit Roy and Rohit Roy).
After this she worked in film “Baazigar” with Shahrukh Khan and Kajol directed by Abbas Mustan. Baazigar proved to be a major box office hit and finished up as the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year
In 1994, Shetty had three film releases. Her first release that year was the action drama Aag, in which she played her first leading role. Aag emerged as a moderate box office success and fetched a mixed to positive critical reception, as did Shetty’s performance.
The second film in which Shilpa worked was “Main Khiladi Tu Anari”. In this film shetty worked with Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Shakti Kapoor and with actresses Raageshwari.
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.
Her third and final release that year was the romantic drama Aao Pyaar Karen opposite Saif Ali Khan. 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.
Public recognition and widespread success (1995–1999)
In 1995, Shetty starred in Hathkadi, where she was working alongside actors such as Saif Ali Khan, Govinda and Madhoo, but they failed at the box office. She made her Tamil film debut with the 1996 released Mr. Romeo alongside actors Prabhu Deva and Madhoo.
1997 was one of her busiest years, she appeared in six different films, beginning with the Telugu language film Veedevadandi Babu. Her first major Bollywood film of that year was the action thriller Auzaar.
Shilpa portrayed the character of Prathna Thakur alongside actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Kapoor. In 1998, she had one release, Pardesi Babu, for which she received critical acclaim and won the Bollywood Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Critically acclaimed roles (2000–2007)
In 2000, Shetty received acclaim for her role in Dhadkan, which earned reasonable takings at the Indian box office. Then after this In 2004, Shetty appeared in Garv, in which she portrayed a Muslim orphan and disillusioned table dancer starring opposite Salman Khan.
According to Shetty, she chose to do the film because she liked the subject. The film was a police drama.
She received much acclaim for her performance in Phir Milenge, where she made a sensitive portrayal of a successful city high-flyer. Who contracts HIV from unprotected sex and becomes a social outcast as a result.
Taran Adarsh(Indian Film Critic and Film trade Analyst) also quoted regarding Shilpa’s Phir Milenge film, as “Phir Milenge belongs to Shilpa Shetty completely. She delivers, what can be rightly called, the performance of her career.”
In 2005, she did a film Dus(a action thriller film). 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.
In 2006, shetty did a film named as “Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya”, though the film was flop. But she got good reviews for her role as a not entirely likeable wife.
2007 proved to be Shetty’s most successful year at the box office. Her first release, Life in a… Metro, won a significant reception and became the first Bollywood movie to premiere at Leicester Square.
Her second release, alongside three Deols ( Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby), the drama Apne, was also a box office success.
Shetty starred in the unreleased 2010 Indo-Chinese drama The Desire, a film rescued during production by her mother, who stepped in when its producer abandoned the project unfinished.
Off Screen Work:
The film “Phir Milenge” earned Shetty a Filmfare Best Actress nomination and provided an impetus for her HIV-related charity work.
Speaking about the film and HIV in general, Shetty said: “Why not a film on HIV positive patients? 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”.
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.
She explained “These once dignified animals only leave their cages, which are barely larger than the size of their bodies, for a few minutes each day to be forced into the ring to perform tricks which make no sense and are upsetting to them. The best way to help animals suffering in circuses is to boycott the circus”.
Shetty revealed in a later interview that she felt strongly about this cause and that she was appalled to hear of the cruel treatment suffered by such animals. “I thought I should stop that. If I can make a little difference to their lives, why not go for it?”
Shilpa was part-owner of the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals from 2009 to 2015.
With a black belt in karate, Shetty launched her fitness Yoga DVD in 2015.
In 2017, The Indian government selected Shetty as a brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission, a campaign to improve sanitation throughout India. On 20 January 2020, She received the Champions of Change award for her work in that campaign.
Shilpa as Judge in Reality Shows:
In 2006, Shilpa began the first season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as judge.
Alongwith Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Farah khan. Shetty was a contestant on and the subsequent winner of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother 5.
In August 2008, Shetty began hosting the second season of the reality television series Big Boss, the Indian version of the international reality television series Big Brother.
In 2010 Shilpa hosted for Zara Nachke Dikha, with co host Arshad Warsi and Vaibhavi Merchant.
Alongside Sajid Khan and Terrence Lewis, Shetty featured as a talent judge for the dance reality show Nach Baliye (seasons 5, 6 ) from 2012 to 2014.
In March 2014, 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.
The same year, Shetty turned into a film producer with the action film Dishkiyaaoon, a box-office flop.
From early 2016 till now, she has been judging a dance reality show Super Dancer on Sony Entertainment channel. Along with co judges Geeta Kapoor and Anurag Basu.
- Champions of Change Award for her work on the Swachh Bharat Mission cleanliness campaign, by Government of India.
- In 1998, she had one release, Pardesi Babu, for which she received critical acclaim and won the Bollywood Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Indian “Diva of the Year” by SaharaOne Television viewers in 2005.
- Silver Star Award for her outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes in 2007.
- Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2007.
- Honorary Doctorate by University of Leeds in 2007.
- In 2007 she won IIFA Special Award for Global Impact.
- She won The GR8!Achiever Laurel Award in 2008 for TV serial Celebrity Big Brother 5 and Big Boss 2.
- For Life in a Metro she won Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female award in 2008.
- Shetty was among the 10 recipients of the IIFA-FICCI Frames Awards for the “Most Powerful Entertainers of the Decade” in 2009.
- Shilpa won Peta Awards in 2017 under category “Hero to Animals”.
- “Most Stylish Author Award” in 2018.
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