Shilpa Shetty started off as a model a made her film debut in the smash hit Baazigar in which her co-stars were Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
She has acted in many languages and although her performances in Dhadkan, Phir Milenge and Life In A Metro were appreciated, for a long time, she could never make it to the A-list, remaining, at best, a fashion icon known for her perfect figure.
Shilpa's fortunes changed in 2007. She caused an international stir with her appearance in the UK's Celebrity Big Brother, where she was subjected to racist remarks. She went on to win the show, and lucrative deals and international stardom followed. While she hasn't been part of too many movies since, she did cause a stir with her 'Shut Up And Bounce Baby' number in Karan Johar's Dostana.
Shilpa was earlier linked to numerous men including Akshay Kumar. In 2009, she married UK businessman Raj Kundra. The couple, who are now co-owners of the Rajasthan Royals IPL team, also have a home in Dubai at the Burj Khalifa