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She was in the world of films. For how long, one wouldn't know without some research ! She is reasonably pretty, but prettiness isn't the only criterion to get a role in a film. Indian cinema is a highly competitive business and one can't enter into it like you walk into a room.
Unable to get any significant part in films, she volunteered to sit as one of the judges for some fashion and dance functions.
Then came a reality show called "The Big Brother" in
Overnight she had become a celebrity. She is now the best known Indian in
A less known Indian film actress, she has become the Star of the world and the darling of the crowd and all these just like that. So much so, even the British Prime Minister granted her an audience.
She shone outside the Big Brother house too. Has been able to mix the modern and traditional Indian clothes. While she was inside the BB House, she wandered in long kurta (A popular upper garment for ladies in
Shilpa always selected her clothes very judiciously making sure that there was a good dose of Indinness in what she wore.
On the grand finale of the Big Brother show, Shilpa appeared wearing a kaftan (Another ladies' apparel) with Indian embellishment while all the eyes of the world were on her.
Shilpa turned out to be an Indian personified. Her patriotism has set a trend of sorts in women's clothes. A
Shilpa has also become a fashion setter. She has adopted a fusion of kurtis with long skirts. Since women are eager to wear what Shilpa wears, she argues, that she is going in for that kind of dress which will be affordable for an average middle class working woman.
Clothes apart, Shilpa has introduced Indian dancing to her Western audience.and there lies another trend -set. Recently (12 December 07, to be exact) she had organized a musical concert called Miss Bollywood at Royal Albert Hall, London.The performance was scintillating and the mesmerized audience repeatedly cheered Shilpa along with her troupe of 40 members. She is also setting up a dance academy in
That's Shilpa shetty for you and she had made herself an icon in the western world and in particular in the
So, why not the Cheers readers !!
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Israel Jayakaran (Sweet grace)