Mumbai: Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty will appear in a musical about an Indian movie star set to hit London’s West End later this year, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Shetty will star in the musical titled “Miss Bollywood” to open in London in September and later travel to Broadway.
“The whole song-and-dance routine of a musical really fascinates me and I think I’m a natural in the art,” it quoted Shetty as saying.
She said the musical was about a day in the life of a Bollywood actress and would give Westerners a glimpse of Indian traditions and customs.
“I want foreigners to get familiar with Indian culture. Racism breeds out of ignorance,” Shetty was quoted as saying.
A famous actress in India, Shetty became internationally known after winning the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.”
During the show, a British contestant mocked her accent and bad-mouthed her cooking. Channel 4 was forced to apologize for the alleged racist abuse, which sparked a storm of protests.
Shetty has acted in more than 40 Bollywood movies since her 1993 debut. Her latest movie, “Metro,” is a Hindi-language film about careers pushing love to second place.