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Shilpa Shetty Kundra: I don’t think it makes any sense for producers to release their films this year

Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra had two films slated for release this year — Nikamma and Hungama 2 —but due to the pandemic, both will not make it to the theatres anytime soon. However, she says that her reintroduction on the big screen is not more important than health.

bollywood Updated: Jul 16, 2020 22:04 IST
Juhi Chakraborty
Juhi Chakraborty
Hindustan Times
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra has recently turned vegetarian and she says she has seen a big change in her body
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra has recently turned vegetarian and she says she has seen a big change in her body

This year was a big one for Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her fans as the actor was set to make a comeback after a gap of 13 years. And it was going to be a double celebration for her as she had two films releasing. However, the Covid-19 pandemic played quite a spoil sport.

“Man proposes pandemic disposes ,” Shlipa says with a hearty laugh, adding that she isn’t sweating much about it as she has got this time to spend with her daughter, Samisha, who she welcomed via surrogacy on February 15.

“I’m someone who lives in the now, you’ve to take it as it comes, I don’t think my reintroduction on the big screen is more important than health. I don’t want to step out of the house as it is. When my daughter was born, I was so worried that I have two films, how would I manage?” she shares. 

The 45-year-old had almost finished Nikamma and a little of Hungama 2 was left before the pandemic struck. “So we had done it in a way that it was going to be easy for me post my daughter’s birth, but I still wouldn’t have got the time like I do now, with Samisha; this is priceless,” she adds.

Calling 2020 a “blur” for everyone, Kundra feels that things will not go back to normal before next year.

“My films are on floors. I don’t think it makes any sense for producers to release their films this years. I will wait for my time. 2021 is the year. 2020 didn’t exist,” she quips.

Given that many films have taken the digital route, would she be okay if her films, too, get a direct-to-OTT release? The actor reveals that the filmmakers of both her films aren’t too keen about the idea.

“I’ve had a word with Sabbir (Khan; director of Nikamma) and he’d not like to release it on the web. Ours is a very big film, we want to hear it on a Dolby digital surround sound. Even Ratan ji (Ratan Jain; producer Hungama 2) doesn’t want to do it. These are not OTT films. Everything happens for the best, we’ll get to it when we get to it,” she remains hopeful.


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Ahh! My ultimate dream, to grow my own, but for now... I have something to share. Since I’ve shared many milestones here, this is something... that’s a very personal choice, a hard decision for me; seemed impossible at one time, but it felt like a ‘calling’ of sorts. The shift happened gradually and NOW, I have accepted "vegetarianism" completely. Primarily, because I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint in the environment. Over the years, I’ve realised that cultivating livestock for food, has not only destroyed forests but also been the largest sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous-oxide emissions. These are majorly responsible for the climate change our planet is experiencing. Also, following a vegetarian diet is not only beneficial for animals, but also can actually protect us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, can improve & also reverse cardiovascular health, and some major diseases. It’s the best change for OUR health and the health of the PLANET. So, to give back to nature as best as I can, here’s a choice I’ve made for myself. Given my roots (Mangalorean), our diet always comprised of certain elements, meals would often feel incomplete without fish/ chicken as they became habits, then becoming an addiction. But ever since I adopted Yoga as a way of life, I always felt incomplete. I needed to step up... 45 years into this journey of life, and I’ve finally made the switch. In the past, being a hardcore non-vegetarian, even my YouTube channel has a lot of non-vegetarian recipes! I WON’T be deleting any of those, as they have been shot but going forward I WILL be focusing mainly on the vegetarian recipes. You all are and have been my extended family & my well-wishers for so many years, hence keeping you posted, about this important step. Every CHOICE has a CONSEQUENCE, make sure you make the right one 🙏 With Gratitude, Shilpa Shetty Kundra ❤️🙏🏻🧿 . . . . #SwasthRahoMastRaho #vegetarian #gratitude #health #planet #change #choice #eatclean #mondaymotivation

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While films might have taken a backseat, Shilpa has been taking utmost care of her health and fitness the past three months and in the process she has turned a vegetarian. While she admits that being a Mangalorean it was “difficult to give up the fish and chicken”, she’s happy that she’s now on the right path.

“It has been a slow and gradual process. I first gave up meat and then chicken and then fish. I luckily have a spouse (Raj Kundra) who wanted to do it for health reasons but he has gone a step ahead become a vegan. When you see scientific evidence that supports the idea of a plant-based diet, you realise you’d rather adopt it, and not make your body a graveyard for animals. These are good enough reasons to do it. I’ve seen a big change in my body,” she concludes.

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