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‘Shane is a busy man’

Shipa Shetty admits Rajasthan Royals could be without their mentor next IPL season but admits the team has a few aces up its sleeve.

entertainment Updated: Aug 13, 2011 14:00 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Shilpa Shetty’s boys in blue will be without their mentor-captain, Shane Warne, next IPL season but the actor insists that their ‘fighting spirit’ will not be dented. “We’d love to have Shane on board in whatever capacity. He’s become synonymous with the Rajasthan Royals and I know that he loves us,” she points out, adding that the team management will definitely talk with him on this but as of now there's no commitment. “He’s a busy man, a professional poker player, and I’m not sure how things will work out.”

Point out to her that the Aussie had been embroiled in many controversies and even his ‘farewell’ appearance was marred following a headline-grabbing spat with Rajasthan Cricket Association over a pitch issue, and Shilpa chooses to be politically correct, “Criticisim is never about one person.”

ShilpaFollowing her marriage to businessman Raj Kundra, she has been on a sabbatical but is all set to make a comeback on screen withher Indo-Chinese home production, The Desire — Journey Of A Woman, in which she’s playing an Oddissi dancer: "It’s a film unlike any I’ve done before. It’s partly in English and I’ve danced to Oriya music."

However, her other film, The Man, has been shelved “for reasons best known to Sunny (actor-director Sunny Deol)”. A disappointed Shilpa says, “It was a beautiful script.”

The Bollywood star who’s the ‘face’ of the Royals admits that her beleaguered team has a Plan B in place. “We have a few aces up our sleeve. One thing in our favour is the youthful spirit and that will continue,” she asserts. Shipa who earlier was a constant in the stands was missing for a large part of Season 3 “Yeah, I was laid low with a bad neck,” she says, shrugging off the rumours that she’s pregnant and was upset at being upstaged by Shane’s glamorous actor-partner, Elizabeth Hurley. “Nonsense, there’s no baby on the way and Liz is a really good friend. Next season I will make my presence felt, as and when I can. I’ve come to really enjoy the game.”