Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty came to a rousing reception at Leicester Square here for the premiere of her first film after the triumph in Celebrity Big Brother, which catapulted her to international fame, and embraced her reality show rival Danielle Lloyd.
Lloyd, 23, was vilified after she ganged up against Shilpa with Jade Goody and Jo O'Meara on the Channel 4 show in which the Indian actress came out a winner after suffering racist abuse that triggered widespread outrage.
Shilpa wore a pink sari to the central London premiere of Life In a...Metro last night, while Lloyd opted for a black dress.
Lloyd said, "Shilpa invited me here. I've come to support her. It's my first Bollywood movie and I'm really excited."
<b1>The model and former Miss England said fans outside had given her a warm reception, despite her reputation taking a knock after she appeared on Big Brother.
Shilpa admitted that the race row helped her career: "It made me a stronger person, and a more famous person of course." She told newsmen that she is proud that her film Life In A...Metro was making its debut in London's Leicester Square.
"This is the first-ever Leicester Square premiere for an Indian movie. It's something that I once dreamed of but never imagined would happen."