Shilpa Shetty: One of the well known film actors in Indian cinema?
Steven Baker, Bollywood Trade News Network
On holiday in India last year, Cory Goldberg unexpectedly found himself cast in a small part in a Bollywood film. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time, as Cory was whisked away to a film studio in Mumbai, dressed in a garish costume, and given a couple of lines of dialogue to deliver.
Cory, 31, recalls that the day involved a lot of hanging around on the set. Between takes, he recollects, 'A stunning actress came and sat on the sofa beside me. I had no idea who she was, but she looked amazing. We chatted for a while, and I couldn't take my eyes off her'. Their conversation came to an end when director Anil Sharma called her away for her next shot, 'but she happily posed for a holiday snap before she left' smiles Cory.
Months later, sitting down to watch Day 1 of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother, Goldberg was stunned to see sixth housemate Shilpa Shetty entering the house in a pink sari; and realized that this was his Bollywood dream girl from the forthcoming release APNE.
In her introductory video before she entered the Big Brother House, Shilpa Shetty revealed, 'I'm an Indian film actress and lucky enough to be one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema'.
Not quite, Shilpa. Yes, Ms Shetty is a genuine Indian film actress. Just ask Cory. You would be hard pushed however, to find anybody here in India, who would agree that she is 'one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema'. Globally, we all know Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta may also get nods of recognition. But Shilpa?
In an industry that churns out over 800 films a year, Bollywood tends to shoot on more than one production at a time. So whilst their output is prolific, in this crowded market, every Friday we see many releases flop spectacularly at the box office, and are quickly forgotten.
What this ex-model is definitely known for is her physique. Whilst not the most talented or well known actor in Hindi Film, karate expert and yoga queen Shilpa has earned the title the 'body' of Bollywood. Something which British viewers will no doubt get the chance to see more and more of through BB's 37 cameras. There is speculation that this body has been achieved with the help of plastic surgery, though the actor will only admit to having had a nose job. India's own adaptation of Big Brother entitled Big Boss, still in its first series, is made up of a Bombay mix of wannabees, has-beens, nobodies... and Rakhi Sawant(!) Strict censorship laws in India mean it is far tamer than what is shown in the UK, and it has not really caught the imagination of the public, as the format has in other regions.
However, India has sat up and taken notice of the first Bollywood actress to appear on Celebrity Big Brother, and the country's media is closely following Shilpa's time in the house. And while she may not be one of the most well-known film actors in Indian cinema, here in India, there is hope that she will become one of the most well known reality TV stars on British television