Everyone knows Shilpa Shetty as a beautiful and talented actress. She is a well-known and eminent actress in the Bollywood film industry with hits such as Baazigar, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Phir Milenge, and Apne to name just a few. However, there is a lot more to Shilpa Shetty than meets the eye.
Born in Karnataka, India, in 1975, Shetty was born to a family of manufacturers within the pharmaceutical industry. A couple of years after her birth, her parents welcomed another girl and Shetty gained a sister, Shamita Shetty, who later also became a Bollywood actress.
In High School, Shilpa Shetty was popular amongst her peers as she was the captain of the volleyball team and a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. After completing her tenth-grade examinations, she began working as a model with a Limca television commercial.
Ultimately, this led to her finding her first starring role in the romantic drama Gaata Rahe Mera Dil. From this moment, it was clear that Shetty was destined to be a star. By 1995, she had gained widespread success and became a household name.
Despite her prominence in Bollywood cinema, Shetty was not resigned to letting this be her only success. Today, Shetty has proved herself to be a talented businesswoman, philanthropist, and television personality. There is so much more to Shetty and here are 5 amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about her.
Won Celebrity Big Brother
When people think of the contestants on Celebrity Big Brother, they often think of washed-up celebrities that had nothing better to do. However, that is certainly not the case as Shilpa Shetty proved. Shetty entered the house on the first day and managed to stay right until the end as she ended up winning the series.
Sadly, the experience was not an easy one as Shetty faced racist bullying from other contestants. This event even led to official responses from the UK and Indian governments as well as many agencies canceling their contracts with the housemates accused of racism. Shetty did not let the bullies get her down and came out on top as a composed and magnanimous winner.
Loves visiting Las Vegas Casinos
As a famous actress, Shetty has played some luxurious and opulent roles. In real life, she has also been living the high life by visiting many different casinos in Las Vegas and experiencing all the enjoyment that comes with this. The MGM Grand is easily her favorite casino as it’s the one she frequents most.
Her enjoyment of playing in casinos has even been brought home with her. She has famously hosted casino nights in her house alongside her husband Raj Kundra. Of course, -we expect her to be an expert at Poker as she was famously given lessons from the late Shane Warne. And who knows, perhaps when Shilpa can’t get to Las Vegas, she might keep up with the action via her favorite online slot sites.
Work with PETA
It’s not very often that you can say someone’s looks complement their personality, but that is true of Shilpa Shetty. She is both beautiful inside and out as her charity work shows. One of the biggest causes that she supports is animal rights. Since 2006, she has worked with PETA to release many campaigns speaking up about animal cruelty with a focus on animals in the circus. Her campaigning has even led to her winning the prestigious ‘Hero to Animals’ Award.
However, animal welfare is not the only cause that Shetty supports. She has also promoted good sanitation across India which led to her being rewarded with the Champions of Change Award. It’s clear that Shetty is dedicated to being a good humanitarian working with multiple different causes.
Involved in Several Fitness Campaigns
As a fitness enthusiast, Shetty is known for releasing multiple fitness programs including her own Yoga DVD in 2015. This even led to her appl called The Shilpa Shetty which brings a holistic approach to Yoga, fitness, meditation, and well-being all in one helpful place. She even has a popular YouTube channel with over 1.6 million subscribers who eagerly wait for her uploads and follow her fitness regime.
Her most prominent fitness campaign is easily the Fit India Movement. The Fit India Movement is a nationwide movement that aims to make India a fit and healthy nation. This was launched by the Government of India and set to encourage people to remain healthy by including physical activities in their daily life. Shetty got involved by sending encouraging messages and showcasing her 21-day fit challenge through her own app for free.
The First Female Cop in Cop Universe
The Cop Universe is a massive Indian media franchise created by Rohit Shetty. This franchise includes films, animated shows, web shows, and even video games. It all takes place in the same universe with elements shared across the different mediums such as recurring characters and settings. The Cop Universe kicked off with the film Singham in 2011 and is now beloved by fans all over the world.
This long-standing franchise is set to have its first-ever female cop with Shilpa Shetty starring in the upcoming web series Indian Police Force alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Vivek Oberoi. Indiana Police Force follows the life and journey of Delhi Police adding both action and drama into the mix. Shetty is making history and bringing the popular franchise into the modern era as one of the first powerful female figures in the show.