Shilpa Shetty Kundra is India’s ever-evolving star. She has persistently adapted her career to shine in any opportunity that comes her way. Always giving her 100%, Shetty Kundra is the definition of versatility. On her 45th birthday we are celebrating her legacy as an entertainer by looking at the different hats she has worn over the years.
Shetty Kundra started her career of as a model in 1991, when she was only 16. Having starred in several TV commercials, becoming an actress was the obvious next step. She stumbled upon an acting career after a lucky photoshoot. The first film she shot never released, but she quickly rose to fame after her debut in ‘Baazigar’ (1993) opposite Shah Rukh Khan. She may have been typecast as a pretty face for most of her career, but Shetty Kundra proved her skills as an actress in films like ‘Dhadkan’ (2000) and ‘Life in a… Metro’ (2007).
Apart from roles, she has established herself as a pop culture staple through several iconic songs, including ‘UP Bihar Lootne’ and ‘Shut Up and Bounce’. She has been a part of 40 Hindi films so far, with two more releasing soon.
Reality TV Star
Shetty Kundra’s most impactful career success was winning UK’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother 5’ (2007). The achievement came after several difficult times in the competition, including a racism scandal. However, it resulted in the world seeing a new side of the actress, one who is strong and confident.
After the birth of her son Viaan, Shetty Kundra stepped away from the limelight to focus time on her family. TV was the perfect solution for her to stay in showbiz while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Over the years, she has judged three reality shows and has recently hosted a web series on Amazon Prime. On TV, Shetty Kundra is a delight to watch because of her fun, vibrant and caring energy that is true to her personality.
Shetty Kundra’s journey with food started with her health and fitness book in ‘The Great Indian Diet’ (2014). Since then, she has released a second book called ‘The Diary of a Domestic Diva’ (2018), which presents quick, easy and nutritious recipes straight from her household.
Shetty Kundra also hosts her own cooking show on her YouTube channel and shares her cooking on Instagram. Her focus has always been on finding ways to re-purpose Indian cuisine for a healthier lifestyle.
Currently, Shetty Kundra is one the most prominent fitness influencers in the country. From yoga DVDs to YouTube workouts, Shetty Kundra has made exercising with her accessible for all. She even released The Shilpa Shetty app last year, which focuses on holistic wellness, including workouts and daily nutrition advice.
Shetty Kundra takes her responsibility as a health advocate seriously. Her approach prioritizes wellness over weight or physical appearance and acknowledges the importance of having a healthy mind along with body. Understanding the circumstances of her culture, she manages to present these ideas in a relatable way.
BizAsiaLive.com wishes Shilpa Shetty Kundra a very happy birthday.