Shilpa hails from the 'Bunt' community of Karnataka, a south Indian state. She was born as the eldest daughter of Surendra and Sunanda Shetty. Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood actress. Shilpa Shetty started her career as a model. It was her debut film 'Bazigar' in 1993 that invited her to the Bollywood. Her first lead role was in 'Aag' in 1994. Since then she has acted in more than 50 Indian films.
Shilpa has performed in many Bollywood hit movies as well as her modelling work
Shilpa Shetty has recently been labeled as the Big Brother celebrity. Shilpa Shetty's role in UK Big Brother 2007 has now made Shilpa the center of the attraction of the people in UK and India. She has been invited to give a speech on racial discrimination at the Commonwealth Day in London on March 12. This is a golden opportunity that an Indian actress can dream of. Only four people are invited to deliver the speech, and Shilpa is one among them. The theme of the speech is 'Respecting Differences and Promoting Understanding'. Shilpa is really thrilled at the opportunity of sharing the platform with the world leaders including the Queen.
The accolades do not stop here. Life has been really busy nowadays for Shilpa. Offers from across the world are showering on her. She has been offered a lead role in the West End musical Chicago, but Shilpa has not decided on whether to take the offer or not. Another was a book deal and an opportunity to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams stage revival.
Shilpa was greately moved by the affection that the British showed towards her, and to reward them with a 'shilpa' fragrance, she has also planned to launch a new brand of perfume in her name in UK.
Unconfirmed reports said that Shilpa Shetty has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize award too!