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Monday, 23 April 2007

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Is somebody out to get the lovely Shilpa and her parents?

Mumbai - (Rioters): Just last month on Commonwealth Day Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was the toast of London, lecturing the Queen and invited guests at a Westmnsiter Abbey service on the theme of tolerance before being feted by Members of Parliament at the House of Commons on a VIP tour organised by Tony Blair.

But this week back home in India things aren't looking quite so rosy for the star of more than 50 Bollywood films who brought the house down in the UK in January after being the target of racist bullying in the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.

And the cause of all her woes?

A horrible run of bad luck has struck her family begining with her parents, Sunanda and Surendra, who are awaiting trial in Mumbai on extortion charges.

And as if that wasn't enough Shilpa and her father have also been accused of running a family-owned factory sweat shop.

Persistent reports state that the Esco bottle-top factory pays workers a meagre 86 rupees a day, substantially less than the minimum wage of 110 rupees.

Although Shetty is not an active manager she is a company director and is cited in charges. If found guilty of violating labour laws she and her father "could be publicly humiliated and fined millions of rupees."

These are charges which Shetty dismisses out of hand.

But then the icing on the macabre cake has come from local press attacks that have focused on the actress as a scheming, besotted adultress who has stalked and seduced a married Bollywood director, Anubhav Sinha, before breaking up his happy 12 year marriage.

"Somebody is trying to frame me, maybe," Shetty said today. "Perhaps it is professional jealousy or something more sinister, I just don't know."

But her parents are in deep water and the court case later this year could see them imprisoned for seven years if they are found guilty of gangster practices.

The prosecution evidence rests on secretly taped death threat telephone conversations from 2004.

"Personally I think it's a load of b****cks," Shetty told the press today.

So will this run of orrible luck soon end for the glamorous actress?

"I hope so, very soon I hope so because it's begining to look like somebody has hexed me!" Shilpa told the press in London today.

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