ShIlpa Shetty

  1. Karisma Kapoor, Dil To Pagal Hai, India, 1997. Lahore director Yash Chopra had a hard time finding his Nisha. Shilpa, Juhi Chawla, Manisha Koirala, Kajol and Raveena Tandon all turned him down. What did they know? Karisma won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
  2. Malaika Arora, Kaante, India, 2002. Part of the first draft line-up for the 100th film of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
  3. Nayanthara, Sivaji, India, 2007. For Bollywood, the casting saga of the Sivaji girls matched a Bond Girl hunt. Seven stars jostled for the titular gangster’s moll (from Aishwarya Rai to Ayesha Taki) and six morew for the, Balleilakka dance number: from Asin to Mallika Sherawat.
  4. Sonu Sood, Singh is King. India, 2008.   Shetty, Harbhajan, Mann and  Dino Dino Morea  were the first notions for the Bollywoodisation (in Australia) of Jackie Chan’s Miracle. Shetty, in particular, simply quit when  the role was rebooted.  This third massive hit  – the title’s two ns were suggested by  a numerologist.
  5. Mallika Sherawat, Unveiled, 2009.      Making his helming debut, Bill Bannerman wanted Shilpa (or Aishwarya Rai) for the woman assuming a New York friend’s identity. Then, Bannerman saw Mallika in her third Bollywood movie, Murder, 2004.

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