Friday, January 19, 2007


With servants to wait on her as a child and her mother chaperoning her on Bollywood film sets, actress Shilpa Shetty led a luxurious and sheltered life.
Sheltered, that is, until she decided to walk into Celebrity Big Brother, the British reality TV show.
"We brought her up like a princess," her mother, Sunanda Shetty said.
"This is the first time in her 31 years that she has travelled without me. And now she is getting a taste of the outside world."
Reduced to tears by insults from fellow competitors, Shetty's family says the show has been a reality check for the tall, sultry actress who has said her treatment smacked of racism.

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Britain's media watchdog has been flooded with complaints against the show, Europe's biggest mobile phone retailer has pulled its sponsorship and the Indian government has asked Britain to check if race laws had been broken.
Shetty and her main tormentor, loud-mouthed former dental nurse Jade Goody, have been shortlisted for eviction by fellow housemates on the show and face off in a public vote on Friday. Goody is hot favourite to be kicked out.
Beginning her career as a model, Shetty has enjoyed only a few hits among her 40 or so films in Bollywood. She has been overshadowed in recent years by up-and-coming film stars.
She could never have dreamt of the kind of publicity she has so far received on the British show.


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