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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
What's in store for Shilpa Shetty after Big Brother?
It is generally believed that, after winning the British Channel 4 reality television show Celebrity Big Brother, after a great deal of international controversy over alleged racist remarks against her, Shilpa Shetty's career is set to ascend.

However, filmmakers of Bollywood are divided over her future as they feel it is difficult to predict what course her career would take now.

Some of the filmmakers feel that Shilpa's popularity will certainly rise, while others think that it will benefit her more in terms of products endorsement and Hollywood assignments rather than films in India.

According to Komal Nahta, a film industry analyst, "Shilpa will get more Hollywood films than Bollywood films. She will also get more endorsements in India."

Shilpa Shetty's career hit had an all-time low in the last six years as none of her films made it at the box office. Her biggest hit was Dhadkan. Lately, she has been seen doing only `item numbers.'

Shilpa had said before the 2004 release of Phir Milenge: "Box-office success is immaterial to me. I do films only for creative satisfaction."

Though Abhishek Bachchan's career picked up after Phir Milenge, Shilpa was not in demand despite winning critical acclaim for her acting in the film.

Shilpa acted in Dus, where her role was lost among the presence of heroes like Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek and Zayed Khan. Then came Fareb, her last film, which failed miserably at the box office.

Shilpa Shetty made her debut at the age of 17 in Baazigar, opposite Shah Rukh Khan, but never got an opportunity to prove her acting.

At 31, and with over three dozen films to her credit, Shilpa is perhaps best remembered for her role in Dhadkan, with Suniel Shetty and Akshay Kumar, than any other film.

"There have been many times that people have written me off. Five years ago, I was completely written off. Then there was Dhadkan and I came back," she said.

Her career is so thin now that she has only two films – Metro and Apne.

"Shilpa's height is one disadvantage which limits her to select heroes," said another film industry analyst.

According to Anurag Basu, director of Metro, "I am hopeful for Shilpa because people will now take her seriously in India. She thought she would come out in the first round and told me to be ready for shoot by January 15, but she hung on and won. My film will get a good market in the United Kingdom when it is released in April. Shilpa is already in demand in the UK and I am hopeful the film will work for all of us because of her new popularity," said a confident Basu.


posted by a correspondent @ 8:29 PM    
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