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Reality strikes Shilpa?s mom

Sunanda is of the opinion that Shilpa must act fast to capitalise on her appeal if she wants to find a man, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 03:46 IST
Vijay Dutt

It's afairytale straight from Bollywood to Britain. Reality TV's newest and brightest star, Shilpa Shetty, is rolling in millions, a cool £10 million to be exact, sources close to her say.

And since the country has been so good to Shilpa, Mama Shetty is already on the lookout for a suitable British Indian son-in-law. "Sunanda has flown over with the express purpose of finding Shilpa a suitable husband, someone who is very wealthy and of Indian descent, someone who will seal the family's future wealth. Sunanda is of the opinion that Shilpa has already left it till too late and must act fast to capitalise on her appeal if she wants to find a man," the Mail quoted a friend as saying.

But even if the right man doesn't come along, there's a lot to keep Shilpa busy. She has reportedly already got £300,00 for interviews to magazines, newspapers and television.

Another £200,000 is being negotiated for worldwide media interviews next week. One report claimed there are more than 300 offers of work from advertising agencies, film and documentary producers, publishers, modelling agencies and record labels.

Shilpa is in talks to star in a BBC comedy written by Sanjeev Bhaskar of The Kumars at No. 42 fame. There is also buzz that she will be part of the much-anticipated Shantaram starring Johnny Depp, as well as a film based on her fight with the villain of the Celebrity Big Brother piece, Jade Goody. No fewer than 25 other film-makers in India, Britain and Los Angeles are said to have tabled offers.

There is talk of 15 companies lining up to sponsor Shilpa to appear in ad campaigns in Britain and abroad. Four UK record labels are also said to be bidding to sign her up.

Shilpa's popularity is sky-high, thanks to the magnanimity she showed in forgiving her bullies on the show. MPs, cutting across party lines, applauded her in the House of Commons on Monday night.

To a question from Labour MP Keith Vaz, Broadcasting Minister Shaun Woodward said, "I am sure I can speak for all members in the House on congratulating her for an outstanding performance, enduring — regardless of the circumstances in the Big Brother house — a pretty ghastly few weeks one way or another. She truly deserved to win."

In Chandigarh, BJP MP Vinod Khanna said the BJP would be happy to have Shilpa into the party. Shilpa was shown full footage of her ordeal by the Daily Mirror and was quoted as saying: "I'd no idea it was so bad… Why didn't someone stop them? It hurts me deeply. Look at me… I am shaking."

However, she also said: "I'm not excusing what they did. I can see why people felt they had to stick up for me and am grateful for that. And I am proud Asian people, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims have come together… What those girls did was wrong but I would not like to say they are racist."

First Published: Jan 31, 2007 03:46 IST