Shilpa Shetty was born on June 8th, 1975 to Sunanda and Surendra Shetty. Even as a child, the performer in Shilpa was always visible.
After a brief stint as an ad model, Shilpa made her debut in Bollywood in 1993 with the superhit film Baazigar, where she acted along with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Her role got her a Filmfare nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Post-Baazigar, Shilpa acted in a number of midly successful films. Another highlight of her life is the film Main Khiladi Tu Anari, in which she acted opposite Akshay Kumar, whom she would eventually go out with.
The next important Bollywood film that Shilpa did was Rishtey (2002), opposite Anil Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor. Shilpa was nominated by Filmfare yet again in the Best Supporting Actress category, but she failed to win the award.
In 2004, Shilpa did Phir Milenge, one of her most successful films in the latter part of her career. The role got her a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.
The biggest twist in Shilpa's life came in 2007, when she was invited to be part of the Celebrity Big Brother house in London. She faced racial abuse from her housemate Jade Goody
Since the racist abuse caused much embarassment to the British goverment and people, the country went out of its way to make it up to Shilpa. Queen Elizabeth II also made time to meet Shilpa Shetty.
Shilpa was given the rare honour of being invited to the House of Commons and meeting the British PM Gordon Brown.
By the time Shilpa came back to India, looking tired, and yet relieved to be back on home soil, she was an international martyr and an Indian hero who stood up to racism. She was received at the airport by her parents and thousands of fans.
Shilpa was also conferred an honorary doctorate by Leeds Metropolitan University for her courage in the face of racist abuse.
In 2008, Shilpa took to expanding her talents and reach. She has become one of Baba Ramdev's star pupils and has launched her own Yoga DVD. She has also turned beautician and started her own spa.
Since 2008, Shilpa has been dating businessman Raj Kundra. There were accusations from Kundra's ex-wife that Shilpa broke them up, but Kundra denies this vehemently, and even his ex-wife ultimately took back her statement. Shilpa and Raj have a flat together in England, and are planning to tie the knot in October 2009.
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