Shilpa will be present at the WIFW for Tarun. “TT had asked me to be a part of his show two months back, but I had declined as I had my musical lined up. However, now the musical has been postponed, I am here for TT. I have always worn his clothes and love his very Indian drapes,” says Shilpa.
Celebrity harassment in India has touched an all time high, says actress , who was stopped at the airport in Mumbai by immigration officers twice recently.
“It was so bizarre,” she said, referring to her brief detention while going to and returning from the International Indian Film Academy awards function this month in Britain.
So would “Dr Shetty” be a befitting title to address the lady who has become the virtual poster girl for all things Indian today in Britain? “Plain old Shilpa will do just fine!” says - her trademark giggle firmly in place - minutes after receiving her honourary doctorate for outstanding contribution to Indian cinema from the Leeds Metropolitan University.
“What makes this honour double special for me is the fact that I share this privileged title with stalwarts from like Amitji, Shabanaji and Yashji, who are all previous recipients,” Shilpa adds, her voice brimming with pride - a pride that is palpable despite the fact that the 32-year-old actress is thousands of miles away in Leeds, UK, speaking to BT on a phone line that’s threatening a break down any minute!
After six months of living in denial, and UK-based NRI entrepreneur Raj Kundra have come out in the open with their relationship. “I’m not denying it’s him (Raj) but I hope when this comes out, it doesn’t frighten him off,” Shilpa said on the New Year’s eve. And, no, this isn’t her resolution to come clean on all controversies this year, but as Shilpa’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar said, “Things have changed. The relationship has blossomed and matured with time. They were friends before. Now they’re a couple.”
Raj is responsible for the launch of Shilpa’s perfume. He is also the force behind her musical stage shows. Raj, who finances and produces movies, had presented the Jimmy Sheirgill-Kay Kay Menon starrer Strangers which released a few weeks ago. But like Shilpa, when the news of their relationship broke six months ago, Raj had denied it, stating they were “just friends”.
Buzz is UK’s ‘Big Brother’ winner turned down the role of Sophie in the ‘Pink Pather’ sequel, which is now being essayed by Mrs Bachchan Jr
Bachchan has already started filming for the new ‘Pink Panther’ sequel and has been photographed doing the same in Paris. If reports are anything to go by, this could be Ash’s big ticket to Hollywood, establishing her as a mainstream Hollywood actress and raising her profile substantially. But the big news is that this could well have been ’s big Hollywood project too.