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Will Shilpa be dethroned from 'Miss Bollywood' crown?

The charming beauty of Bollywood, Shilpa Shetty stands her ground as she denies reports of a probable replacement being looked out, for the second run of her successful West End musical, 'Miss Bollywood'.

Published: Tuesday,Mar 11, 2008 11:46 AM GMT-06:00
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As per the recent reports in the media, the show's organizer Farhath Hussain is trying her best to rope in Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra or Lara Dutta for the most coveted role. Amidst reports that Shilpa has been baled out of the project owing to price issues, we contacted the actress who did not want to talk of the comments in the media, but said, "The musical has been a wonderful experience. I've been there, seen it and done it. I would love to do it again, but when I have the time and dates".

But the reports doing rounds now is that, the license holders of the musical, Harris International are based in Dubai and hence the story on Shilpa being booted out cannot be true. Harris says, "There are no immediate plans for a second run only because Shilpa is going to be super busy with a whole lot of announced and unannounced films, endorsements and other assignments chalked out till mid 2009".

Further clarifying things, is M.S. Ajmal, of Harris International, who opined, "After our run in Germany, UK and Holland, offers are constantly pouring in from Australia and the United States too for putting up shows of the musical. Ever since 'Big Brother' and Richard Gere happened to her, Shilpa is in great demand in all these countries and is looked upon as the face of contemporary Bollywood. But we haven't yet zeroed in on plans for a second innings yet".

Well, all looks contradictory as the initial reports suggested that Shilpa did give herself a hike after the stupendous success of the first series of 'Miss Bollywood', which left Farhath Hussain stranded. Defending the actress, our well-placed source says, "Shilpa is an extremely professional person and not the kind to trouble anyone. She's a rich girl and doesn't run after money. She's been lucky to always get what she deserves".

Well, amidst all reports, the question of whether the Brand Diva, Shilpa aims for perfection, creativity or is it money that matters, still remains unanswered.-(SAMPURN)

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