Shilpa Shetty rubs shoulders with Hollywood celebs

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty shared ramp space with filmmaker Sofia Coppola, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and American burlesque star Dita Von Teese in Paris as she represented Louis Vuitton for a show put up by American designer Mark Jacobs.

"I've been closely associated with this brand for some time now. And much as I had decided to stay in Mumbai for a few months to put my film production plans in place, there was no way I could get away from this engagement...and you know what? I don't regret it one bit. Paris is exhilarating any time. And more so now when the company is so exciting," said Shilpa told IANS.

Shilpa says she loved Sofia, Maggie and Dita's enthusiasm for India when she met them at the fashion show last week.

"When I come abroad, I feel a tangible change in the attitude to our country. If I've been even a tiny part of that change, I feel good.

"What I can't come to terms with is the different ways of greeting in different parts of Europe. In Brussels, you've to plant three kisses, while elsewhere it's just two. It's very difficult to keep track of how many kisses is correct in which city. Maybe, I should maintain a 'cheek' list."

But not before declaring, "I long to get back home. I've been travelling so much, I think home-sickness was invented for me."

Paris suddenly seems to have become a haunting ground of sorts for Bollywood. Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose opera "Padmavati" goes on stage this week, is currently enjoying a Parisian spring in life.

If all had gone well, Priyanka Chopra would have been in Paris for the Fashion Week shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar's "Fashion", which drew to a close earlier this week.

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