4th Anniversary Special: Shilpa, Raj’s fairytale love story
On November 22, 2009, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and London based businessman Raj Kundra entered into matrimony. It’s has been four years of Raj and Shilpa’s blissful married life and the couple has been going strong and blessed with a cute baby boy in 2011.
Shilpa met Raj after she won Bigg Brother. The couple came closer when Raj promoted Shilpa’s perfume brand S2. When their relationship started to spark fire, Raj denied it all by saying, “We are just friends. I have a business relationship with Shilpa regarding her perfume.”
After repeated no-no, Shilpa in one of her interviews candidly admitted about dating someone, "I am dating somebody. I hope he will be the one but I don't want to say too much because it is still very early on in our relationship." Without naming Raj, Shilpa further added, “He respects and understands what I do and it is nice to be cared for. I have been very lonely for a very long time and it is nice to know I have somebody to look forward to seeing at the end of the day.”
The couple has seen bad phase after declaring their relationship in public. Raj Kundra’s first wife Kavita blamed Shilpa for ending her marriaed life. She said due to Shilpa, her husband has cut ties from her filed for divorce. She tagged Shilpa a marriage breaker. Kavita was quoted saying, “Shilpa is a cultural icon in the Indian community but she’s not what she appears. She can have any man she wants— there are plenty of single men. She didn’t need to go after my husband.”
Highly disturbed Shilpa rubbished the claim by saying, "I was really upset by what she said; she knew very well that I didn't even know her husband when she walked out on him.” Even Raj also supported her saying, “My marriage ended 12 months ago and it was nothing to do with Shilpa.”
Putting controversies aside, amidst media fanfare, the couple tied the knot in 2009 in both Punjabi and south Indian style. A grand reception was thrown in Mumbai where Bollywood A-listers were invited.
In an interview to the Filmare Magazine, Raj said, “It was love at first sight. From the moment I saw her, I knew I’d love her to be my life partner. She’s got an angelic side to her. Her homely side grew on me as I got to know her. She’s a great housewife. She’s a supermom! She’s the wind beneath my wings and I try to be her support system. We are each other’s strengths.”Today, Shilpa and Raj is a happily married couple and their son Viaan Raj Kundra adds to their happiness.