Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film 'Baazigar'. The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the box office, though she did receive critical acclaim for some of her performances. Then in 1998, 'Pardesi Babu' was released and people noticed her again. Two years after that she finally delivered a super hit, 'Dhadkan'. Since then her career has taken an up turn. In 2002, she had several releases and films like 'Hathyar' and 'Rishtey'. They solidified her status as a brilliant actress. In 'Rishtey' she stole the show from superstars Anil Kapoor and Karishma Kapoor. However, it was in 2004 that her performance in 'Phir Milenge' that brought her to the top actress list. In 2005, she delivered modest hits like 'Fareb' (where she costarred with sister Shamita Shetty and Manoj Bajpai) and Dus.
Though she has worked with top actors, unlike many Bollywood actresses who are either scared of or shy away from working with top actresses, Shilpa has worked with numerous talented actresses (such as Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon, Manisha Koirala, Tabu, Kajol, Mahima Chaudhry and Konkona Sen Sharma) and is said to share a great rapport with her co-stars.
Today her career boasts of her versatility. In 'Baazigar' she played a naive college student, in 'Aag' a charming village girl, in 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' a street dancer, in 'Himmat' a seductive cop, in 'Dus' an anti-terrorist agent, in 'Fareb' a doctor and housewife, in 'Phir Milenge' an HIV positive, in 'Pardesi Babu' a charming city lass, in 'Dhadkan' she is forced to betray her lover, in 'Khamosh' a prostitute, in 'Jung' a sensational club dancer, in 'Tarkieb' a promiscuous military nurse, in 'Rishtey' a comical and tragic performance as a fisherwoman, in 'Darna Mana Hai' a housewife haunted by apples and in 'Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar' a negative role where she plays a model turned housewife.
In 2000, Shilpa reinvented herself and became known as one of the hottest actresses in the industry! She is the only Bollywood actress who has been seen to do a split on screen and is known today to have the best body in Bollywood. She is also recognized as a graceful dancer.
Shilpa Shetty laughed a lot when she was young. She still laughs most of the time. According to Shilpa's mother (Sunanda), Shilpa was a naughty child and was called a "fightercock" as she mostly fought with her younger sister (Shamita). Her mom also acknowledges that she was a very bubbly and vivacious child and her pet name is "Manya" but her mom calls her "babucha" or "Honeybunch". Shilpa went to school at St. Anthony's Girl's convent in Chembur, then she went to Podar College.
Shilpa was her school team's baseball captain. She is a black belt karate champion. She actively participated in her father's chemical business. Acting was the only thing she had not tried her hand at.
Shilpa is known to have a great sense of humor and has the capacity to crack jokes on herself. She'll start laughing even before you crack a joke. Shilpa's favorite actors include Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan. Shilpa's method of spending a holiday would be to wake up late, cook, watch movies, work out and spend time with her family. She is also a huge fan of prints, especially Tiger and Leopard prints. Her room is filled with all the different kind of prints. Even her pillow case.
Older sister of Shamita Shetty
Sued Stardust India magazine because the magazine produced a report about her on-off relationship with Akhsay Kumar. According to her opinion, the article made her name disgraced and she lost some offers on films. She won the lawsuit. 
Indian top model
Captain of her school's baseball team. She is also a black-belt karate champion.
Won Best Supporting Actress for Pardesi Babu (1998) at the Zee Gold Bollywood Awards.
Sahara One crowned her the 2004 DIVA of the year.
Shilpa and Shamita are the first sisters to appear in a film together in the history of Bollywood.
Shilpa is considered to have the best body in Bollywood.
AIDS activist and PETA supporter.
Her appearance on "Celebrity Big Brother" (2001) caused a huge racism and bullying row. As several house mates didn't approve of her presence, they made fun of her accent, cooking and native country. Following these incidents, broadcasting network Channel 4 received a record-breaking 40,000 complaints, and the controversy developed into a diplomatic crisis between the UK and India. Even Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, while visiting India, condemned these acts of unfairness and intolerance (January 2007).
Beside her native language Tulu, she speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil and Urdu.
Shilpa's cousin - Prem Shetty - was credited with a 'Special Thanks' on the acclaimed Indian art house film entitled 'The Last Monk' which premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival 2006.
Winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" (2001), series 5.
Her movie Phir Milenge was viewed by the United Nations who appreciated the movie for its support of AIDS awareness.
Received critical acclaim and nominations for her performances in movies like: Baazigar, Dhadkan, Rishtey and Phir Milenge.
She donated all the money she made from her movie 'Phir Milenge' to an AIDS charity.
Awards and honours:
- 1998: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Supporting Actress for Pardesi Babu
- 2004: Giant International Award for Phir Milenge.
- 2005: AAHOA Award for Phir Milenge.
- 2005: Indian "Diva of the Year" by SaharaOne Television viewers.
- 2007: IIFA Special Award for Global Impact.
- 2007: Silver Star Award for her outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes.
- 2007: Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award.
- 2008: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female for Life in a... Metro.
- 2009: Shetty was among the 10 recipients of the IIFA-FICCI Frames Awards for the "Most Powerful Entertainers of the Decade".
- 1994: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Baazigar
- 2001: IIFA Best Actress Award for Dhadkan
- 2003: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Rishtey
- 2003: Star Screen Award Best Comedian for Rishtey
- 2005: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Phir Milenge
- 2005: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Phir Milenge
- 2005: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Phir Milenge
- 2005: IIFA Best Actress Award for Phir Milenge
- 2005: Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actress for Phir Milenge
|1993||Baazigar||Seema Chopra||Hindi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Debut Award|
|1994||Aao Pyaar Karen||Chhaya||Hindi|
|Main Khiladi Tu Anari||Mona/Basanti||Hindi|
|1996||Mr. Romeo||Shilpa||Tamil||Dubbed into Hindi and Telugu as Mr. Romeo|
|Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya||Sona||Telugu||Dubbed into Hindi as Saagar Kanya|
|Zameer: The Awakening of a Soul||Roma Khurana||Hindi|
|Veedeva Dandi Babu||Nandhana||Telugu|
|1998||Pardesi Babu||Chinni Malhotra||Hindi|
|Shool||Special appearance||Hindi||Item number|
|Lal Baadshah||Lawyer's daughter||Hindi|
|2001||Indian||Anjali Rajshekar Azad||Hindi|
|Bhalevadivi Basu||Shilpa||Telugu||Dubbed into Hindi as Sherni Ka Shikaar|
|Maduve Agona Baa||Preeti||Kannada|
|Rishtey||Vaijanti||Hindi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award|
|Chor Machaaye Shor||Kaajal||Hindi|
|Badhaai Ho Badhaai||Radha/Banto Betty||Hindi|
|Darna Mana Hai||Gayathri||Hindi|
|2004||Phir Milenge||Tamanna Sahani||Hindi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award|
|Garv: Pride and Honour||Jannat||Hindi|
|Khamosh: Khauff Ki Raat||Sonia||Hindi|
|Auto Shankar||Money Lender||Kannada|
|2006||Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar||Ahana||Hindi|
|2007||Life In A... Metro||Shikha||Hindi|
|Om Shanti Om||Herself||Hindi||Special Appearance In Song 'Deewangi Deewangi'|
|2008||Dostana||Hindi||Special Appearance In Song 'Shut Up & Bounce'|