Shilpa Shetty set to shave her head for her forthcoming Indo-Chinese venture called Desire, English film, which will be directed by Malayalam director, R Sarath. She has decided to go the Shabana-Nandita way for this challenging role in the film. Shabana-Nandita had also shaved their head for Deepa Mehta’s Water.

When asked to Shilpa, she replied, “I can’t reveal everything about my role. If I tell you everything now why would you watch the film? But yes, this is by far the most challenging role of my career. It takes me through ten turbulent years of my character’s life. It’s a very intense love story between me and my Chinese co-star, Xia Yu.”

However, Shilpa has not yet met Xia Yu. “Our shooting starts this week in Kerala. Then we shoot in Kaula Lampur,” adds Shilpa.

Shooting for the film China is denied. But what Shilpa liked about the film is that it allowed her to learn Odissi. “I have been a Bharatnatyam dancer all my life. In Desire I play an Odissi dancer, and I had to unlearn everything I knew about the classical dance and start from scratch. It has been quite a daunting experience.”

A reputed exponent has been hired to guide Shilpa and she has been practicing it faithfully. “I love dancing. I love getting into the elaborate Odissi costume and jewelery. That’s one of the perks of doing this film,” adds Shilpa.

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