Over the years, Shilpa Shetty has carved her own place in the film industry with her acting chops and glamorous looks. But the actress has had her share of ups and downs in her film journey.
The actress who made her debut in Bollywood with Shahrukh Khan-Kajol's Baazigar, recently opened up about her journey and struggles she faced in the Hindi film industry in a post shared by the official Humans of Bollywood on Instagram.
Shilpa Recalls Being A Dark, Tall & Lanky Kid
"I was this dark, tall & lanky child who had her life pretty much laid out for her. I'd graduate & work with my dad. Even though in my heart I wanted to do something different, something bigger & better, I never felt like I could.."
How She Stepped Into The World Of Modelling & Films
'But when I participated in a fashion show, just for fun, I met a photographer who wanted to click my photos. For me it was a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. To my complete surprise, the photographs came out really well! That opened the doors of modelling for me. Soon, I got offered my first film! There was no looking back from there, I was going onwards & upwards."
The Actress Admits She Didn't Know How To Speak Hindi & Shuddered At The Thought Of Facing The Camera.
"But nothing worth having comes easy. I was all of 17 when I entered the industry, I hadn't seen the world or even understood life. With all the success came scrutiny. I wasn't ready for it.
I didn't know how to speak Hindi, I shuddered at the thought of being in front of the camera. I reached a point where after a few films my career hit a lull. I tried hard but it always felt like I was lagging behind. It's not easy to be celebrated one moment & ignored the next.
I remember there were producers, who without any reason, threw me out of their films. The universe wasn't in my favour, but I had to keep trying no matter what."
Shilpa Shetty's Big Brother Stint
"It was at that time that I decided to reinvent & entered Big Brother. It was a chance to do something unique. But it ended up leaving a huge impact!
I was publicly bullied & discriminated against just because of the country I belonged to. It wasn't easy - I was all by myself in that house! But I kept me going - I couldn't give up, not after reaching this far.
When I won, people kept telling me, ‘You've made us proud.' That's when I knew that all of that struggle & persistence was worth it. I had stood up not just for myself, but for all of those who had faced racism."
On A Parting Note
"My life has been filled with ups & downs. I went from being the shy girl to someone who was front & center on the silver screen. There were terrible times, but there have also been some great accomplishments. I've enjoyed every minute of it! It's made me who I am today - a strong independent woman, a proud actor, a wife & a mother. And I wouldn't have it any other way," said Shilpa.