Shilpa Shetty opens up on her struggle in films

Kannada girl Shilpa Shetty has made it big in Bollywood. The actress, however, has opened up her cinematic journey wherein she saw many ups and lows. She also stated how numerous time producers had thrown her out of films without any reasons.

In a post shared on Humans of Bombay Instagram page, Shilpa said, “I was this dark, tall and lanky child who had her life pretty much laid out for her. I’d graduate and work with my dad. Even though in my heart I wanted to do something different, something bigger and better, I never felt like I could. But when I participated in a fashion show, just for fun, I met a photographer who wanted to click my photographs”.

She continues to add, “Soon, I got offered my first film. There was no looking back from there, I was going onwards and upwards. 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 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 and ignored the next. I remember there were producers, who without any reason, threw me out of their films,” she added.

Shilpa says that it was the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother 5”, which ended up leaving a “huge impact”. “I was publicly bullied and 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 is when I knew that all of that struggle and persistence was worth it.”

On facing racism, she said. “I had stood up not just for myself, but for all of those who had faced racism. My life has been filled with ups and downs. 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 and a mother. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”