Shilpa made her debut in Abbas Mustan's superhit thriller, 'Baazigar'. What followed were films bordering on the absurd and the inane. She also managed to transform herself into an item gal. Her personal life (read affair with Akshay Kumar) gained more attention than her films. 'Dhadkan' and 'Phil Milenge' came her way when her silver screen dream was on the verge of extinction.