Shilpa Shetty to visit the British House of Commons
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty , riding the crest of international fame after her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother reality show, will visit the British House of Commons next week.
The 31-year-old actress, who was at the centre of a storm over alleged racist bullying on television show, will be at the Commons as a guest of NRI MP Keith Vaz who had raised the issue of Shilpa’s treatment during prime minister’s questions.
The former minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office had moved an Early Day Motion on the issue, prompting Prime Minister Tony Blair to comment that racism should be opposed in all its forms.
During her Parliament visit, Shilpa is expected to watch the Prime Minister’s question hour.
Shilpa has already been invited to a reception to mark Commonwealth Day on March 12 where she would come face to face with the Queen.
Meanwhile, Shilpa has been approached to front a cricketing version of Pop Idol that its producers say could unearth new young talent and boost interest in cricket in the UK.
Simon Hughes, the former Channel 4 cricket analyst, said he was in discussions with four mainstream broadcasters to bring ‘Cricket Star’ series to the UK, according to a report in the Guardian on Thursday.
Huges said he was in talks with well-known former cricketers to take on the judging roles filled in India by Kapil Dev and Sanjay Manjrekar. Darren Gough, Phil Tuffnel and Ian Botham were among the possible candidates.