Bollywood's Shilpa Shetty goes into fitness business
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty entered the celebrity physical fitness business on Friday, launching a new yoga video she called a "management system for life."

The 32-year-old actress, who produced and stars in the video, said she made it in response to fans' questions about how she stayed fit.

"A lot of fans have asked about my fitness regime -- I think this is the best way to tell them what to do to be healthy," Shetty told reporters as she released the video in the Indian capital.

Shetty said her aim in producing the 72-minute video entitled Shilpa's Yoga, whose cover features the actress sitting cross-legged in a yoga pose, was "to make it simple for people to do yoga."

"It can be done by a 10- or 60-year-old," she said, adding yoga had a "spectacular impact" on her own life.

"It has helped my mind, body and soul," said Shetty, who also recently launched a perfume.

Shetty made the headlines last year when she won British reality show Celebrity Big Brother UK, during which she faced racist attacks by housemates.

Months later, she made news again when Hollywood actor Richard Gere showered her with kisses at an AIDS-awareness event in India.

The incident, aired on TV, sparked a firestorm in India, where chaste public behaviour is a tradition. Shetty blamed India's "lunatic fringe" for the uproar in which effigies of the pair were burned.

At Friday's news conference, Shetty denounced Bollywood's new "size zero" craze, spawned by media obsession with Indian star Kareena Kapoor's slender new figure.

"Size zero is something very unhealthy. I'm a size eight," Shetty said.

"Today fitness in India is a style statement. My idea of fitness is to be healthy. Even if I am slightly bulky, I am well-toned, I am happy," she said.

1 comment:

Achal "FIT GURU" said...

This is just the beginning. Fitness in bollywood has just started and I see a long road infront of us.

Read my blogs on bollywod fitness!

I am very excited about south asians becoming more and more aware about food and exercise.