Shilpa pulls off kicks and a sister act, too

Mumbai: She kicks butt in ‘Dus’ and is with sis Shamita in ‘Fareb,’ perhaps the only sister act in Hindi cinema. And Shilpa Shetty, off on a world tour with Sunny Deol and Aftab Shivdasani - no points for guessing who would shine among the four left feet - is on a high. Shilpa laughs: “Both my recent releases tapped more than just my dancing potential. In ‘Dus’, I actually do stunts. That one kick I pulled off has been so widely noticed! I can’t believe the impact. And in ‘Fareb’, Shamita and I are the only sisters in Hindi cinema to have appeared together. Isn’t that cool?” She’s flattered by the comparisons with Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie. “But I’d rather be me, Shilpa Shetty. Forget Jennifer and Angelina, why are people comparing Shamita with me? Let me tell you, my sister is far hotter than me. The way she has performed her tough role in ‘Fareb’ is breathtaking.” Her voice lights up at the mention of Shamita. “She has just started. And I feel she has a very bright career. I’m so proud of her.” Shilpa denies talk that the sister act in ‘Fareb’ was a gimmick she masterminded. “Wrong! They went to her first, she didn’t want to do it. Then after they signed me for the other role as Manoj Bajpai’s wife, they went back to her. This time she agreed, and not because I agreed. And, please, I didn’t do ‘Fareb’ for my sister’s career! We’ve equal roles. She’s there throughout the first half while I take over in the second half. Fifty-fifty.” — HNS