Shilpa Shetty gets trolled for Animal Farm misunderstanding

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Shilpa Shetty is being ridiculed online for suggesting that reading Animal Farm is a good way of teaching children how to care for animals.

The George Orwell book is actually a representation of the rise of Stalinism with a dark plot, but in a throwaway comment to the Times Of India, the actress appeared to express her belief that it was about taking care of four-legged friends.

Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty is being mercilessly mocked (Aijaz Rahi/AP)

She was being interviewed about Harry Potter being added to the national school syllabus in India when she said: "I think having books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age.

"I think books like Little Women would also encourage respect towards women at a young age. Even a book like Animal Farm should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals."

The newspaper has now removed the quote from its online version, but people have been tweeting photos of the print interview under the hashtag #ShilpaShettyReviews.

Twitter users have been mocking the star for her misunderstanding of the novel, offering her reviews of famous books that seem to be based on the title alone.

One person wondered whether she could suggest a new colouring book.

There was also a recommendation for the maths curriculum.

Someone else made reference to a fasting festival with their suggestion.

And this person warned that a popular romantic novel could cause a rise in requests for computer consoles.

Shilpa famously won Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, with the series name inspired by another of Orwell's books, Nineteen Eighty-Four.