Shamita Shetty (born 2 February 1979) is an Indian Bollywood actress and interior designer. She made her Hindi film debut with the Mohabbatein in 2000. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the year. She was a contestant in the reality show, Bigg Boss 3, in 2009. She later participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 in 2015 and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 in 2019, and became one of the finalists. In 2021, she participated in Bigg Boss OTT and Bigg Boss 15.
|Born||2 February 1979|
Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Early life and personal life
Shamita 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 the sister of actress Shilpa Shetty.
She did her schooling at the St. Anthony's Girls' High School, Mumbai. After completing her degree in commerce from Sydenham college, Shamita did a fashion designing diploma from SNDT college Mumbai. After this, she started her internship with ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra, but Manish saw a spark in her and suggested to prep her for her acting career. In 2011, Shamita decided to follow her passion in Interior design and did her first solo project by designing 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. In 2021, She started dating Raqesh Bapat whom she met on Bigg Boss OTT
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.
|2000||Mohabbatein||Ishika Dhanrajgir||Won—IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female|
|2002||Saathiya||Special appearance||In song "Chori Pe Chori"|
|Raajjiyam||Geeta Karthikeyan||Tamil film|
|Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Special appearance||In song "Sharara Sharara"|
|2003||Pilisthe Palukutha||Shanti||Telugu film|
|Wajahh: A Reason to Kill||Ishita Singhania|
|2005||Fareb||Ria A. Singhania|
|2006||Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse||Megha|
|Heyy Babyy||Special appearance||In song "Heyy Babyy"|
|2008||Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors||Special appearance|
|2017||Yo Ke Hua Bro||Suman Rao||Voot series (6 episodes)|
|Black Widows||Kavita Tharoor||ZEE5 film|
|2009||Bigg Boss 3||Contestant||Walked (Day 42)|||
|2015||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8||2nd runner-up|||
|2019||Khatron Ke Khiladi 9||3rd runner-up|||
|2021||Bigg Boss OTT||2nd runner-up|||
|Bigg Boss 15|||
- "Birthday girl Shamita Shetty turns 35, parties with sis, Bipasha". India Today. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "R Madhavan, Shilpa Shetty, Karishma Tanna, Upen Patel and others attend Shamita Shetty's birthday bash". International Business Times. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Shamita Shetty rings in her birthday in style with sister Shilpa Shetty and friends – Bollywood celebs and their birthday celebrations – The Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Shamita Shetty on her interior design career".
- "Did you know that Shamita Shetty had turned down the Aamir Khan starrer 'Lagaan' for 'Mohabbatein'?".
- "When TV celebs nailed the beach look". The Times of India. 5 March 2018.
- "Khatron Ke Khiladi Is Back. Contestants Include Vikas Gupta, Bharti Singh, Haarsh Limbachiyaa". 12 July 2018.
- "Bigg Boss 15 contestant Shamita Shetty's family, education and career - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
- "Shamita Shetty opens on Her Marriage and Life Partner".
- DelhiFebruary 2, India Today Online New. "Birthday girl Shamita Shetty turns 35, parties with sis, Bipasha". India Today.
- "Shamita Shetty: Filmmakers just assumed I'm not interested in acting and films". 22 September 2017.
- "Shamita Shetty has design plans – Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 21 March 2013.
- "Shamita Shetty has design plans". 21 March 2013.
- "Mohabbatein revisited: Kim Sharma shares old pic with Shamita Shetty. Oh God, says Preeti Jhangiani". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- ""I Didn't Have Enough." Shamita Shetty Opens Up About Her Career Choices in Candid Interview". 23 September 2017.
- "A candid chat with Shamita Shetty". femina.in.
- "Shamita Shetty: Going into Bigg Boss Was A Challenge That Went Completely Against My Personality". News18. 4 February 2018.
- "Shamita upset with Bigg Boss". The Times of India.
- "Shamita Shetty wins 'Dance Marathon' on 'Jhalak Reloaded'". 11 September 2015.
- "Getting some interesting projects in web space: Shamita Shetty". 3 February 2018.
- "Shamita Shetty Is Making A Debut Again, This Time in Web Series Called Yo Ke Hua Bro". NDTV.com.
- musicjinni. "Shilpa Shetty with Shamita Shetty in Pantene TV Commercial – Music Jinni". www.musicjinni.com.
- "Shamita Shetty at Aldo launch in Mumbai on 2nd Sept 2016".
- "Shamita Shetty at Audi Magazine Launch videos – IndiaGlitz.com" – via www.indiaglitz.com.
- "Shamita Shetty inaugurates 11th Edition of IIFJAS – Free Press Journal". 12 August 2017.
- "IIFA 2001: South Africa Winners List". International Indian Film Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
- "Shilpa Shetty once 'tried to dissuade' Shamita Shetty from participating in Bigg Boss". Hindustan Times. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
- "Meet the final contestants of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8". India Today. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
- "'Bigg Boss OTT': Know all about Shilpa Shetty's sister Shamita Shetty and her second innings with the show | Latest News & Updates at DNAIndia.com". DNA India. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
- "Meet Bigg Boss 15 contestant Shamita Shetty". The Indian Express. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
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