Shamita Shetty [3](born 2 February 1979)[1][2] is an Indian Bollywood actress and interior designer . She made her debut in "Mohabbatein" with industry stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the year. Featured in couple of movies later like "Zeher" , "Cash", "Bewafa" where her roles were appreciated. She was a contestant in the popular controversial reality show, Bigg Boss in 2009.

Early Life

After completing her graduation in Commerce from Sydenham college, Shamita did a fashion designing diploma from SNDT college Mumbai. Post which she started her internship with ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra, but Manish saw a spark in her and suggested to prep for her acting career. In 2011, Shamita decided to follow her passion in Interior design [4] and did her first solo project by designing Royalty[5] a club in Mumbai. Later her love for Interior design pushed her to do a diploma from Central Saint Martins and Inchbald school of design in London.


She made her film debut in 2000 with the Yash Raj Films blockbuster Mohabbatein, which was directed by Aditya Chopra. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the 2001 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female[6]. Soon after she gave the best dance numbers to Bollywood , including "Sharara Sharara" in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2001) and "Chori Pe Chori" in Saathiya (2002) to getting appreciated for her acting in blockbuster hit Zeher (2005) where she was nominated as the Star of the Year - Female at Stardust awards (2006). She worked once with her sister Shilpa Shetty in Fareb. She has also been part of multistarcast projects like "Cash" (2007) , "Bewafa" (2005). Alongside her acting career,[7] she decided to focus on other love i.e. Interior designing. She designed Royalty (a club in Mumbai), Chandigarh Iosis spa (Won best interior award at Asia spa awards) and few other properties abroad. She has a registered company called "Golden Leaf interiors" [5]    Her passion for the entertainment industry kept drawing her back and she returned with a popular reality show Bigg Boss [8]internationally known as Big Brother on Indian television. She opted out of the show for her sister Shilpa Shetty wedding [9]. She was out of the show on 14 November 2009 (day 41) after staying for 6 weeks and the only contestant who wasn't nominated even once during her stay in Bigg Boss house. .Soon after, she stormed the nation with her graceful dancing and became the most popular face on the Indian version of Dancing with the stars – Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa [10].  Recently she did a web series "Yo Ke Hua Bro"[11] streaming on Voot[12], Viacom 18 digital platform. Directed by Suparn Verma which also stars talented bunch of actors like Aparshakti Khurana, Gaurav Pandey and Ridhima Pandit


Shamita endorsed Pantene[13] along with Shilpa Shetty for a year. Over the years, She has been associated with some big brands like Aldo[14], Audi[15], IIJAS Jewellery exhibition[16] to name a few.


Film Role Year Other notes
Mohabbatein Ishika Dhanrajgir 2000 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female
Saathiya 2002 Special appearance in song "Chori Pe Chori"
Raajjiyam Pooja Karthikeyan 2002 Tamil film
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai 2002 Special appearance in song "Sharara Sharara"
Pilisthe Palukutha Shanti 2003 Telugu film
Agnipankh Anjana 2004
Fareb Ria A. Singhania 2005
Zeher Sonia Mehra 2005
Bewafaa Pallavi Arora 2005
Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse Megha 2006
Cash Shanaya Rao 2007
Heyy Babyy 2007 Special appearance in song "Heyy Babyy"
Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors 2007 Special Appearance
Naan Aval Adhu Geetha 2008 Tamil film
Simultaneously made in Telugu as Adi Oka Idhi Le
Yo Ke Hua Bro Suman Rao 2017 Web Series ( 6 Episodes)


No. Name Role Channel Year
1. Bigg Boss 3 Herself Colors TV 2009
2. Comedy Nights with Kapil Herself Colors TV 2015
3. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 8) Herself Colors TV 2015
4. Dance Ki Takkar 4 Herself Life OK 2016
5. The Kapil Sharma Show Herself Sony TV 2016

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
2001 Mohabbatein Filmfare Award Best Female Debut Nominated
2001 Mohabbatein Screen Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
2001 Mohabbatein International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year (Female) Won
2001 Mohabbatein Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
2006 Zeher Stardust Awards Star of the Year - Female Nominated

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Birthday girl Shamita Shetty turns 35, parties with sis, Bipasha (2 February 2014). Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 R Madhavan, Shilpa Shetty, Karishma Tanna, Upen Patel and others attend Shamita Shetty's birthday bash (4 February 2016). Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  4. Shamita Shetty: Filmmakers just assumed I’m not interested in acting and films (22 September 2017).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Shamita Shetty has design plans - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis (21 March 2013).
  6. "I Didn't Have Enough." Shamita Shetty Opens Up About Her Career Choices In Candid Interview. (23 September 2017).
  8. Shamita Shetty: Going Into Bigg Boss Was A Challenge That Went Completely Against My Personality.
  9. Shamita upset with Bigg Boss - Times of India.
  10. Shamita Shetty wins ‘Dance Marathon’ on ‘Jhalak Reloaded’ (11 September 2015).
  13. musicjinni. Shilpa Shetty with Shamita Shetty in Pantene TV Commercial - Music Jinni.
  14. Shamita Shetty at Aldo launch in Mumbai on 2nd Sept 2016.
  15. Shamita Shetty At Audi Magazine Launch videos -
  16. Shamita Shetty inaugurates 11th Edition of IIFJAS - Free Press Journal (12 August 2017).

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