Shilpa Shetty is an Indian film actress and model, belonging mainly to Bollywood or the Hindi film industry. Debuting in the hit film, Baazigar (1993), she has performed in over 40 Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films, with her first leading role being in the 1994 flick, Aag.
Her performances in Dhadkan (2000) and Rishtey (2002) were appreciated, while her portrayal of an AIDS patient in Phir Milenge (2004) won her many accolades. She re-established her status in the film industry in 2007 performing in two successful movies, Life in a Metro and Apne, drawing positive reviews. Shetty finds herself unwittingly embroiled in various controversies, including suspected mafia links!
In 2006, she was slammed with charges of obscenity. She participated in and won the British Celebrity Big Brother TV show in 2007, which involved an international racism controversy, involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd. She has judged a reality TV show, Zara Nachke Dikha along with two other judges - Arshad Warsi and Vaibhavi Merchant. Shetty is known to re-invent her image quite often.
Shetty married Raj Kundra on 22 November 2009 and announced on her web site that "I am officially Shilpa Shetty Kundra now!!"