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Shamita Shetty hits back at trolls claiming she lives off sister Shilpa Shetty’s money
Shamita Shetty has been away from films since long, but the ‘Mohabbatein’ actress is a constant face on social circles. She spoke to Bombay Times about her life, her career and a lot more. What was interesting is that the actress hit back at the trolls who said that she was living off her sister Shilpa Shetty‘s money.
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“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. 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,” said Shamita while speaking to Bombay Times.
She went on to talk about how her life got changed when she was very young. “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,” Shamita told Bombay Times.
When broached on the topic of nepotism, Shamita said, “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.”
Shamita tried her luck also on reality shows. She participated in shows like ‘Bigg Boss 3′, ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8’ and ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 9’. However, she wasn’t able to hit the ball out of the park. “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,” said Shamita on doing television shows.
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