In September 1992, Shilpa signed and began working on her first film. A romantic drama Gaata Rahe Mera Dil, however, the film went unreleased. Shilpa Shetty’s debut release was her next film, Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Baazigar, alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Baazigar proved to be a major box office hit and finished up as the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year. She eventually received the Best Supporting Actress and the Best Female Debut nominations at the annual Filmfare Awards.In 1994, Shilpa had three film releases. Her first release that year was Aag, in which she played her first leading role co -starring Govinda and Sonali Bendre. Aag fetched a mixed to positive critical reception, as did Shipla’s performance. Her next release of the year was Main Khiladi Tu Anari. She was in the lead opposite Akshey Kumar. The comedy action film also included Saif Ali Khan, Raageshwari and Shakti Kapoor. The success of Main Khiladi Tu Anari proved to be a breakthrough for Shilpa Shetty.Her third and final release that year was the romantic drama Aao Pyaar Karen opposite Saif Ali Khan. The film narrates the love story of a wealthy man and his maid (played by Khan and Shetty respectively) under-performed at the box office. Her first major Bollywood film of that year was the action thriller Auzaar. Shilpa portrayed the character of Prathna Thakur alongside actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Kapoor. In 1998, she had one release, Pardesi Babu, for which she received critical acclaim and won the Bollywood Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.