Shamita Shetty, in a recent interview, opened up about still being called ‘Shilpa Shetty’s sister’ and why it doesn’t bother her at all. She also spoke casually about the mistakes she wouldn’t repeat now and how she is gearing up for the new work and projects.
Shamita Shetty began her career with YRF’s Mohabbatein (2000) and was the talk of the town just like the rest of her co-stars who were introduced with much aplomb. But the spell didn’t last for long. The actress who is sister to Shilpa Shetty Kundra also ventured into the world of television and reality TV with shows like Bigg Boss Season 3, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 8 and the Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 9 but her work trajectory was far from being fulfilled. In a recent interview with Bombay Times, Shamita Shetty opened about the bout in her life when nothing seemed right and the self-discovery after.
Speaking about the lull that followed after her debut, she said, “My life changed at the age of 27. I was doing well professionally and had just got out of a serious relationship. I suddenly realised that I had reached a low in my life, be it spiritually or emotionally, and started asking a lot of questions — beyond just career and relationships. It’s not like I abandoned the industry. I just felt being a part of this industry was sucking my energies out in the wrong way, because I was giving it too much importance. It was taking over my very being. It took me three years to understand my true strength. During that phase, I was not working. I was refusing the work coming my way and many people thought that I was either not interested, or that I was too arrogant and selective. However, the real reason was that I didn’t find anything interesting.”
“I started off with the best film, but unfortunately, my career didn’t shape up as expected, because while work came to me in abundance, it wasn’t the kind that I wanted to do. Unfortunately, in this industry, you are forgotten if you are not seen. I wish I had adhered to the rules of the industry at that time. However, this is how I’ve always been. I will never take on anything if I am not convinced about it. Even with the films that I chose, it’s not like I didn’t make mistakes, but I learnt from them and moved on. Today, I feel that I was way too selective. I wish I had done a little more work, but it was too late by the time I realised it.”
Not just this, she even opened up about being compared to elder sibling Shilpa Shetty. She stated, “Even today, many people identify me as Shilpa’s sister, but I have made peace with it. Sometimes, they even call me Shilpa, because I resemble her a bit. I don’t feel offended because at the end of the day, she is someone I aspire to be. Initially, I didn’t understand the comparisons because we are two different individuals and can’t be expected to achieve the same in life. Now, it doesn’t affect me at all.”
On mean comments on social media that claim that her sister and brother-in-law Raj Kundra takes care of her, she added, “I’m lucky to be compared to someone who is respected for what she does and for the person she is. I am proud of that. Sometimes, there are comments on social media about how I’m being taken care of by my sister and brother-in-law, and how I have such an easy life. Let me make it clear that I take care of myself.”
The topic of nepotism also wasn’t far off. Opining about the same, Shamita said that she does feel she is privileged. “It may help you enter the industry, but it’s pure luck and talent that keeps you going here. Unfortunately for me, luck was not on my side and maybe, I made a few bad decisions. But I would rather focus on the positive aspect about having a backing in the industry. People don’t cross their limits with me and I have to acknowledge that. I have seen how tough it is for a lot of girls who don’t have that kind of support in this industry,” she said.
Before concluding she opened up about her future prospects and was quoted saying, “I think I am done with reality shows. I might take up a TV show, but not the ones that run indefinitely. I can’t see myself playing the same part for four years. Now, there is so much more work. Look at the kind of roles that are being offered to actresses. I have a good film that’s going to be released this year, ‘The Tenant’. This time around, I won’t be as selective. I am interested in doing good, intelligent work. If that happens, it’s great; if that doesn’t happen, that too, is fine. I just want to go with the flow.” Stay tuned to BL for more updates and scoops!