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I won't apologise - Shilpa

Courtesy: IndiaFM
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Seems like Shilpa Shetty can't stay away from controversies for long. After the racial discrimination controversy on the reality show Big Brother in UK, Shilpa got stuck again in another controversy, this time in Delhi. During an AIDS awareness programme organized in Delhi for truck drivers, Hollywood actor Richard Gere kissed Shilpa Shetty on her cheek while entertaining the masses doing a dance number. Gere caught in the moment thought it would be fun for the audiences but incident gave rise to a big controversy with political parties saying that such behaviour is an attack on India's cultural ethos.

The issue saw some scary after effects when effigies of Shilpa and Richard were burnt at many places across India. If that was not all, Shilpa Shetty's shoot for her film Metro in New Mumbai was stalled when some protestors from some political party reached the sets and interrupted the shoot.

Shilpa Shetty however, is firm on her stand and says that she won't apologise. She is of the opinion that there was nothing wrong with Richard Gere kissing her because his intentions weren't wrong; he just did that to entertain the masses. Besides, he just kissed on her cheek and nothing wrong has happened to her. It's not like Richard did "Vastra Haran". Shilpa says that she is someone who lives her life with dignity. Besides, Richard has been working for creating AIDS awareness in India for nine years and this is not how he should be treated.

Shilpa mentions that after the incident, Richard has called her three times to apologise and that he is extremely worried about the situation. She says that Richard is a guest in our country and this is not how we treat our guests.

Shilpa Shetty's next release will be Anurag Basu's Metro. The film stars Shiny Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kangana Ranaut and Irrfan Khan. After that she will also be seen in Anil Sharma's Apne which stars Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol.

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