In February 2006, Shetty lent support
to a BBC World Service Trust television show designed to tackle the problem
of HIV-AIDS in India.According to
reports, she participated in order to show solidarity with HIV-AIDS sufferers. According
to Shetty, the issue is particularly close to her heart as she had portrayed an
HIV-positive sufferer in her 2004 film PhirMilenge. Speaking about the film and HIV
in general, Shetty said: "Why not a film on HIV positive patients? It is a
social stigma in our society. We made this film to highlight this
problem ... This film will bring about a social awareness about AIDS in
our country. It is high time we talked about this in our society".
In March 2006 various sources reported
Shetty's joining PETA as part of an advertising campaign against the use of wild
animals in circuses.According to a PETA India
press release, Shetty is a long-time PETA supporter and has assisted the
campaign by posing for photographs in a figure-hugging tiger costume.
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