Shamita Shetty Wiki
Shamita Shetty (born 2 February 1979) is an Indian Bollywood actress, model and interior designer. She made her Hindi film debut in the multi-starrer blockbuster musical romance film Mohabbatein (2000), which earned her phenomenal fame and earned her the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female.She went on to do films including Bewafaa (2005) and Cash (2007). Following this, she participated in several reality television shows like Bigg Boss 3 (2009) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2015). Later, she was a contestant on the stunt-based show Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 (2019) and the game reality series Bigg Boss OTT (2021) and Bigg Boss 15 (2021–2022).
Shetty was born in a Tulu speaking bunt family, in Mangalore. Her father Surendra and her mother Sunanda are both manufacturers of tamper-proof water caps in the pharmaceutical industry. She is Shilpa Shetty's sister.She did her schooling from St. Anthony's Girls' High School, Mumbai. After completing her degree in commerce from Sydenham college, Shetty did a fashion designing diploma from SNDT College, Mumbai. After this, she started her internship with fashion designer Manish Malhotra, but Manish saw a spark in her and suggested to prep her for her acting career. In 2011, Shetty decided to follow her passion in interior design. Her first solo project was Royalty, a club in Mumbai. Later, her love for interior design pushed her to do a diploma from Central Saint Martins and Inchbald School of Design in London.
She made her feature film debut in 2000 with the Yash Raj Films movie Mohabbatein, which was directed by Aditya Chopra. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the 2001 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female. Soon after, she gave the best dance numbers to Bollywood, including "Sharara Sharara" in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2001) and "Chori Pe Chori" in Saathiya (2002), to getting appreciated for her acting in the film Zeher (2005), where she was nominated as the Star of the Year – Female at Stardust awards (2006). She worked once with her sister Shilpa Shetty in Fareb. She has also been part of multi-star-cast projects like Cash (2007) and Bewafa (2005). Alongside her acting career, she decided to focus on her other love, i.e. Interior designing. She designed Royalty (a club in Mumbai), Chandigarh Iosis spa (Won best interior award at Asia spa awards) and few other properties abroad. She has a registered company called "Golden Leaf interiors"Her passion for the entertainment industry kept drawing her back and she returned with a reality show Bigg Boss, internationally known as Big Brother on Indian television. She opted out of the show for her sister Shilpa Shetty's wedding. She was out of the show on 14 November 2009 (day 41) after staying for 6 weeks and was the only contestant who wasn't nominated even once during her stay in the Bigg Boss house. Soon after, she appeared on the Indian version of Dancing with the stars – Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Recently she did the web series Yo Ke Hua Bro, streaming on Voot on Viacom 18 digital platform. It is directed by Suparn Verma, and also stars a talented bunch of actors like Aparshakti Khurana, Gaurav Pandey and Ridhima Pandit.
Mohabbatein and early success (2000–2013)
Shetty made her film debut in 2000 with the Yash Raj Films movie Mohabbatein, directed by Aditya Chopra. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the 2001 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female. Soon after, she gave hit dance numbers to Bollywood, including Sharara Sharara in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2001) and Chori Pe Chori in Saathiya (2002). She was appreciated for her acting in the film Zeher (2005), for which she was nominated for the Stardust Award as Star of the Year Female (2006). She worked with her sister Shilpa Shetty in the film Fareb. She also starred in multi-star projects like Bewafa (2005) and Cash (2007). In 2009, she participated in the reality television series Bigg Boss 3. After 42 days, she left the show to attend her sister Shilpa Shetty's wedding. She was the only contestant who wasn't nominated even once during her stay in the Bigg Boss house.
Focus on interior design and entrepreneurship (2013–2017)
Alongside her acting career, Shetty decided to focus on her passion for interior designing. After completing an interior designing course in London and finishing an internship with an architect's firm, she launched her own interior designing company Golden Leaf Interiors. Her first interior designing project was Royalty, a club in Mumbai. She designed her sister, Shilpa Shetty's son Viaan's room. She won the Best Interior Design Award at the Asia Spa Awards for designing Chandigarh Iosis Spa.
Further work, Bigg Boss and recognition (2017–present)
In 2017, Shetty appeared on the dancing reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She then starred in Voot's comedy web series Yo Ke Hua Bro, also co-starring Aparshakti Khurana, Gaurav Pandey and Ridhima Pandit. In 2019, she participated in Colors TV's stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, ending up as the third runner up. In 2020, she starred in the film The Tenant as Meera. Shetty then portrayed Kavita Tharoor in ZEE5's thriller film Black Widows. The Indian Express said that “Shamita Shetty brings a vivaciousness to her role.” In 2021, The Tenant was screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.In September 2021, she participated in Voot's Bigg Boss OTT, finishing as the second runner up. In October, she participated in Colors TV's Bigg Boss 15. She became the first captain of the season, and the only contestant to become the captain twice. Shetty also won the Style Icon Award in a task.