Shamita Shetty

Shamita Shetty [3](born 2 February 1979)[1][2] is an Indian Bollywood actress and interior designer. She made her debut with the blockbuster Mohabbatein in 2000. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the year. She was a contestant in the reality show, Bigg Boss in 2009.[4] She later participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2015) and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2019 and became one of the finalists.[5]

Shamita Shetty
Shetty at Lakme Fashion Week in 2018.
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979[1][2]
OccupationActress, Model, Interior designer
Years active
  • 2000 – 2011
  • 2015 - Present
Parent(s)Surendra Shetty (father)
Sunanda Shetty (mother)
RelativesShilpa Shetty (sister)

Early Life

Shamita Shetty was born in a tuluva Bunt family, in Mangalore. Her father Surendra and her mother, Sunanda are both manufacturers of tamper-proof water caps in the pharmaceutical industry. She is the sister of actress Shilpa Shetty.

After completing her degree in Commerce from Sydenham college, Shamita did a fashion designing diploma from SNDT college Mumbai. After this, she started her internship with ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra, but Manish saw a spark in her and suggested to prep her for her acting career. In 2011, Shamita decided to follow her passion in Interior design [6] and did her first solo project by designing Royalty,[7] 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 movie Mohabbatein, which was directed by Aditya Chopra. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the 2001 IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female[8]. 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 the film 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 multi-star-cast projects like Cash (2007) and Bewafa (2005). Alongside her acting career,[9] she decided to focus on her 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" [7] 

Her passion for the entertainment industry kept drawing her back and she returned with a reality show Bigg Boss,[10] internationally known as Big Brother on Indian television. She opted out of the show for her sister Shilpa Shetty's wedding [11]. She was out of the show on 14 November 2009 (day 41) after staying for 6 weeks and was the only contestant who wasn't nominated even once during her stay in the Bigg Boss house. Soon after, she appeared on the Indian version of Dancing with the stars Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. [12] Recently she did the web series Yo Ke Hua Bro,[13] streaming on Voot[14] on Viacom 18 digital platform. It is directed by Suparn Verma, and also stars a talented bunch of actors like Aparshakti Khurana, Gaurav Pandey and Ridhima Pandit.


Shamita endorsed Pantene[15] along with Shilpa Shetty for a year. Over the years, She has been associated with brands like Aldo[16], Audi[17], IIJAS Jewellery exhibition[18] to name a few.


Year Film Role Other notes
2000 Mohabbatein Ishika Dhanrajgir IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female
2002 Saathiya Special appearance in song "Chori Pe Chori"
2002 Raajjiyam Pooja Karthikeyan Tamil film
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Special appearance in song "Sharara Sharara"
2003 Pilisthe Palukutha Shanti Telugu film
2004 Agnipankh Anjana
2005 Fareb Ria A. Singhania
2005 Zeher Sonia Mehra
2005 Bewafaa Pallavi Arora
2006 Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse Megha
2007 Cash Shanaya Rao
2007 Heyy Babyy Special appearance in song "Heyy Babyy"
2007 Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors Special Appearance
Naan Aval Adhu Geetha Tamil film
2017 Yo Ke Hua Bro Suman Rao Web Series ( 6 Episodes)
2019 The Tenant Meera Movie


2009Bigg Boss 3ContestantColors TVEntered Day 1, Withdrew Day 34
2015Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 82nd Runner Up
2019Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9Finalist [5]

Awards and nominations

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

See also


  1. "Birthday girl Shamita Shetty turns 35, parties with sis, Bipasha". India Today. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  2. "R Madhavan, Shilpa Shetty, Karishma Tanna, Upen Patel and others attend Shamita Shetty's birthday bash". International Business Times. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. "Shamita Shetty rings in her birthday in style with sister Shilpa Shetty and friends - Bollywood celebs and their birthday celebrations - The Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. "Khatron Ke Khiladi 9's Shamita Shetty flaunts her svelte figure in a swimwear by the pool".
  5. "Khatron Ke Khiladi Is Back. Contestants Include Vikas Gupta, Bharti Singh, Haarsh Limbachiyaa". 12 July 2018.
  6. "Shamita Shetty: Filmmakers just assumed I'm not interested in acting and films". 22 September 2017.
  7. "Shamita Shetty has design plans - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 21 March 2013.
  8. ""I Didn't Have Enough." Shamita Shetty Opens Up About Her Career Choices In Candid Interview". 23 September 2017.
  9. "A candid chat with Shamita Shetty".
  10. "Shamita Shetty: Going Into Bigg Boss Was A Challenge That Went Completely Against My Personality".
  11. "Shamita upset with Bigg Boss - Times of India".
  12. "Shamita Shetty wins 'Dance Marathon' on 'Jhalak Reloaded'". 11 September 2015.
  13. "Getting some interesting projects in web space: Shamita Shetty". 3 February 2018.
  14. "Shamita Shetty Is Making A Debut Again, This Time In Web Series Called Yo Ke Hua Bro".
  15. musicjinni. "Shilpa Shetty with Shamita Shetty in Pantene TV Commercial - Music Jinni".
  16. "Shamita Shetty at Aldo launch in Mumbai on 2nd Sept 2016".
  17. "Shamita Shetty At Audi Magazine Launch videos -".
  18. "Shamita Shetty inaugurates 11th Edition of IIFJAS - Free Press Journal". 12 August 2017.
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