has finally admitted her relationship with London-born NRI millionaire
London, Dec.31, 2007
Col Baldev Brar
Shilpa Shetty’s publicist said, "It's
too early to speculate marriage. All I can say is that Shilpa
is dating Raj. She's just started to know him better. So let's
give her some time and not jump to conclusions. But I wonder if
their coochie-cooing would just turn out to be the biggest love
story of 2008".
Shilpa has admitted that she is dating the UK-based
NRI entrepreneur Raj Kundra. She said, "I'm not denying
it's him (Raj) but I hope when this comes out, it doesn't frighten
him off," is all she reveals for now.
Six months ago, Shilpa and Raj had denied their
relationship but things between them have changed since then.
The relationship has blossomed and matured with time. They were
friends before and now they make a lovely couple.
She has decided to bring in the New Year abroad
with her family in Las Vegas
entrepreneur, film producer's wife accused Shilpa of wrecking her
London, July 23, 2007
Col Baldev Brar
In UK, two news papers, the News of the World and
the Mail on Sunday , carrying remarkably allegations about how the
winner of Celebrity Big Brother has been instrumental in ending
the marriage of Raj Kundra, a 31-year NRI entrepreneur.
On Sunday, there were top headline news in
the India media:
- Shilpa Shetty has been having an affair with
a married man
- Kundra has made an accusation that Shilpa was
the reason my marriage broke up
- Kavita Kundra claimed the 32-year-old Bollywood
diva is now "an item with her film producer husband Raj".
- Shilpa and Raj are getting married soon
Kavita’s revelations come after a week of gossip
fuelled by snaps of Shilpa and Raj—who helped launch her S2
perfume—shopping together. He also escorted her to a recent
‘Bollywood Oscars’ bash in Yorkshire. Every time I try
to find out the depth of their relationship he avoids the question.
Or he laughs.
Raj and I talked about Shilpa when she was on Big Brother. He’d
say that her new high profile made her the hot new actress to have
in any movie. But he never mentioned he knew her.
"Our marriage was in a rough patch but I was certain we could
make it work for the sake of our new baby daughter. But then along
came Shilpa. Suddenly Raj changed and now he wants a divorce,"
Kavita told the tabloid.
Then on one weekend visit to see Deleena, it came out of the blue.
We were having a Sunday roast pub lunch and he announced, ‘Guess
what? Shilpa and her mother have been asking personal questions
about me—liking me for a potential husband.’ He said
it in such a proud, bragging way that I was stunned. I asked if
he’d met her and he said yes. I asked him if he liked her
and he said, ‘She’s pretty. She’s nice. Yes, I
Raj Kundra: U.K.-based entrepreneur
and film producer
- Raj Kundra told to the media, We are just good friends. My wife
has always tried to link me to any woman I have been associated
with professionally. She is very insecure. I am divorcing her
on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour – that she never
supported my interests or wanted to go out with me. He confirmed
that he had ended the marriage by text message and sent her clothes
to her in black bin-liners."
- My marriage ended 12 months ago and it was nothing to do with
- I have a business relationship with Shilpa regarding her perfume.
Raj Kundra gave a statement:
- “I would like to make a statement following the recent
barrage of misinformation provided to the press from my ex-wife,
Kavita Kundra. My wife and I separated nine months ago and filed
for divorce four months ago; we had agreed a mutual divorce. The
reasons for the divorce are too personal for me to discuss and
it would bring down my ex-wife and I do not wish to stoop down
to her level as it’s very degrading. At this time I had
no association with Shilpa Shetty whatsoever.
- I was introduced to Shilpa three months ago by her manager
Mr Farhath Hussain with a proposal to launch a perfume with her.
This began my professional association with her. My wife has made
an accusation that Shilpa was the reason my marriage broke up
which is untrue as I had no association with Shilpa at the time
of our separation. My association with Shilpa is purely professional
and over the past few months we have become good friends.
- I had bought my ex her house in January and that’s where
I used to go and meet my daughter. I had fought custody rights
over my child through Walsall County Court where I had wanted
custody of my daughter on weekends allowing her to reside with
her mother on weekdays. But Kavita did not want me to have any
access to my child and fought the battle in court against me and
the courts gave consent orders to Kavita on 2 May 2007.
- Kavita also alleges that she lived a conservative family lifestyle
with my parents and that she had to stay at home all the time.
The amount of international travel she did in the three years
we were married can be verified by looking at her passport which
will refute her claims.
- Kavita’s statements have been hurtful to me and had a
damaging effect on my association with Shilpa. I regret that my
personal situation has led my ex-wife to attempt to damage the
reputation of a highly acclaimed celebrity. I would simply like
to take this opportunity to apologise to Shilpa Shetty and her
family for my ex-wife’s shocking allegations and request
the media to not give such claims so much attention without verifying
Dale Bhagwagar, spokesperson of Shilpa
- Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty
are just friends
- All these rumours of Shilpa and Raj getting married are baseless.
Raj is the licensor of the perfume Shilpa launched recently, so
obviously they were seen together at public places