I was only known as Shilpa Shetty’s sister before Zeher: Shamita

Deccan Chronicle.  | rohit bhatnagar

Entertainment, Bollywood

Shamita feels that she was overshadowed by her popular sister Shilpa.

Shamita Shetty

Mumbai: Actress and sister of Bollywood star Shamita Shetty was launched by Yash Raj Films (YRF) in ‘Mohabbatein’ in the year 2000. Although the actress shot to fame almost overnight but, unfortunately, didn’t get her due as an actress.

Shamita feels that she was overshadowed by her popular sister Shilpa as she lost her own identity until she did ‘Zeher’ opposite Emraan Hashmi.

“Initially that happened a lot when I joined the industry till I did ‘Zeher’ in 2005. I remember before that as Shilpa Shetty’s sister. I couldn’t understand that why they don’t remember my name. But I think ‘Zeher’ changed a lot for me because I think people noticed me as an actor plus I feel that it is a good film. Especially when you work with people like Mahesh Bhatt, you can’t go wrong. After ‘Zeher’ I wanted to actually act. I really didn’t have drive to be honest before that,” Shamita said.

Talking about her role in her upcoming web series ‘Yo Kay Ho Gaya’, the actress said, “It is basically in the comic-thriller genre space. It initially starts off as a comedy but the plot takes its own twists and turns, maintaining a lot of comic moments. It’s been very interesting journey to work on this web series especially the character I am portraying is very different that I have done in the past.”

“The girl, who I am playing is a modern traditional woman who knows what she wants from people, she is someone who is aware of her sexuality and almost uses it as a weapon to get what she wants from men. She is a simple girl initially but as the story progresses, she is no simpler. I get to play a character that has several shades and it is unpredictable. It was challenging for me to play as it is very rough around the edges.”

“In the past I have done roles that are a lot more polished, so for me to play this role I had to actually abuse and it wasn’t coming out naturally. When I did a workshop, the director had to force me to abuse to get a hang of it. It’s been a wonderful journey so far,” she concludes.