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Can Shilpa really help METRO?
By Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
Many in the film industry are saying that Shilpa Shetty’s recent success in Celebrity Big Brother show will be put to test when her METRO releases. Hardly true! First of all, Shilpa has become a princess in Britain, not in India. Her charisma would work in Britain but not in her home country, where for so many years she has been looked upon as a star below the A-listers. The biggest proof is that producers/makers are still not clamouring to sign her, as was widely expected.
Coming to METRO in Britain, it is being less than fair to expect METRO to do very well there just because Shilpa is in the cast. The Britishers, who are not NRI’s, haven’t warmed up to Shilpa because of her films. They are in fact, not the Hindi film audience at all. In Britain, Shilpa has an identity that is entirely separate from her success or non-success in Hindi film, so one METRO will not make a difference for her British fans. Besides, they love Shilpa for what she is, not for what roles Hindi film producers give her to play.
In short, irrespective of the fate of METRO, Shilpa will remain a celebrity in Britain.