Not one individual from Bollywood has come forward to express even a semblance of solidarity for Shilpa Shetty
Not one individual from Bollywood has come forward to express even a semblance of solidarity for Shilpa Shetty who has been part of the film industry for almost 30 years , and has always been known to be a good friend to many Bollywood denizens.
A source close to Shilpa Shetty says no one from among her good friends in the industry—and we don’t need to name them, just check her party photos and social media images to know who she hung around with—has bothered to even make an obligatory call, let alone extend a hand in support .
Or ask about Shilpa Shetty‘s children
An actor from a film family tells me, “This(the adult-content scandal) is too sleazy . It’s not like a routine controversy. No one wants to be seen anywhere near to this.”
Where exactly does this place Shilpa Shetty? Not in a very enviable position. As rumours of her arrest gather momentum I recall a conversation with her where she told me, “You can’t have friends in this film industry. Over here you are friends only as long as you are working together. Once the working relationship ends, all other considerations automatically expire. Your family and a few trusted friends from outside the film industry are all one has.”
In this hour of abject darkness Shilpa Shetty whom I know to be an extremely emotional person, must be counting her friends, as they evaporate one by one.
Guru Dutt experienced the solitude of showbiz long ago when he sang Dekhi zamanein ki yaari bichde sabhi baari baari. Not that there is any comparison between the two. But Kaagaz Ke Phool and these paper fools who spend fortunes in keeping up an appearance often at the cost of their integrity and reputation, are distant cousins.
Shilpa Shetty (born 8 June 1975) is an Indian film actress and model. Since making her debut in the film Baazigar (1993), she has appeared in nearly 40 Bollywood, Tamil, and Kannada films, her first leading role being in the 1994 Aag. Although she has been through years of decline during her career, Shetty has been willing to reinvent herself quite often.
Her performances in Dhadkan (2000) and Rishtey (2002) were appreciated, while her portrayal of an AIDS patient in Phir Milenge (2004) won her many accolades. Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood film actress. Shetty has been embroiled in various controversies including suspected mafia links. In 2006 she was issued with a warrant on charges of obscenity.
After taking part in the British Celebrity Big Brother TV show in 2007, Shetty was crowned the winner with 63% of the final vote, after an international racism controversy involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O’Meara and Danielle Lloyd. This was followed by a re-establishment of her status in the film industry in 2007 when she appeared in two successive movies, Life in a… Metro and Apne, with her performance in the former drawing positive reviews.