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Now, a controversy queen

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 12:39 IST
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Just when the glam doll Shilpa Shetty was basking in the glory of her new found 'reality' success and a royal meeting was arranged for the reality show with Queen Elizabeth II, a few shocking facts came tumbling out of the her closet.

Webs of controversies have suddenly surrounded the actress who was inudated with plum offers after her success at reality television show Celebrity Big Brother.

The beauty's parents Surendra and Sunanda Shetty have been charged with extortion. There have been stories of exploiting factory workers and money-grabbing actions.

A heartbroken wife has accused Shilpa for the disintegration of her marriage.

Also, a heartbroken wife has accused Shilpa for the disintegration of her marriage and a manager is claiming he was dumped the moment she won

Big Brother

and has called in a legal representative.



Shilpa, however, has denied these allegation and has insisted that she has been framed.

“I've been framed. Do you think I am capable of doing what I am accused of,” Daily Mail quoted her, as saying.

A conversation taped has revealed that her parents’ hired gangsters to extort money from the businessman.

A few days after this conversation, Shilpa’s parents were arrested on charges of extortion. The case is due again sometime this year, and if found guilty the couple could face imprisonment up to seven years.

It is not only the case of extortion, but also stories of the Shetty’s exploiting workers in their factory Esco, which makes caps for aluminium bottles in the suburb of Mumbai, that are enmeshing the actress’s family.

However Surendra Shetty insisted that he treated the workers ‘like his own children’. 

But, a report filed at the Judicial Magistrate's Court says that investigators from the Labour Commissioner's office found that women workers are being paid just 86 rupees - £1 a day - for an eight-hour shift, when the minimum wages is 110 rupees.

A police source has also said that next to the swimming pool at the home of an Indian tycoon is an actual size statue of a bare Shilpa.

But it is uncertain if she posed for this work of art.

On of the few scandals involving the actress is her relationship with Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha., and it is said that they became "close" on the set of his thriller Dus in Canada in 2005.

Dark file

Exploitation: Shilpa's parents are charged of exploiting their factory workers.

Marriage breaker: A heartbroken wife has accused Shilpa for the disintegration of her marriage.

Cheat:  Fimmaker Bobby Khan accused her of duping him.

Obscene: A bare statue of Shilpa was found at an Indian tycoon's place.

Secret relationship:Her secret relationship with Director Anubhav Sinha has made much news.

Later Sinha left his wife Ratna; to whom he was married for 12 years.



But Shilpa’s father vehemently denies the gossip saying that he knows his daughter very well.

"It's bull****. I know my own daughter," he said.

Meanwhile Bobby Khan, a Bollywood filmmaker and promoter who has known Shilpa for 12 years, insists that he was instrumental in getting her the Big Brother contract.

"Endemol [the producers] came to me last year. I convinced them to choose Shilpa, even though they wanted a bigger Bollywood star,” Khan said.

"I came with her to Britain. The night before she went into the house, we talked about all the work we would do together after she came out and how this would be good for both of us,” Khan added. 

Instead, Khan on his arrival in Bombay received a bill of £15,000 for his trip and Shilpa did not even called him to thank him.

Khan has now decided to bring in a legal representative for this case.

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