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Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty Marriage Profile

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Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra on August 24, 2009 in London, England.

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The marriage of Bollywood superstar and cultural icon Shilpa Shetty to millionaire London businessman Raj Kundra made headlines internationally. Here is information on how Shilpa and Raj met, their wedding, and more.

Born:

Shilpa Shetty: June 8, 1975 in Tamil Nadu, India.

Raj Kundra: Abt. 1976.

How Shilpa and Raj Met:

Raj and Shilpa met in 2007 after she won on "Big Brother," a British reality show.

Engagement:

The couple announced their engagement in late October 2009.

Wedding Date and Info:

Shilpa and Raj were married on November 22, 2009 in a private but lavish ceremony in Khandala. Shilpa and Raj decided to have a traditional Mangalorean ceremony in the matrilineal Bunt tradition. Shilpa's wedding dress, a red and burgundy saree with Swarovsky crystals, was designed by Tarun Tahiliani.

Raj's maroon sherwani with gold embroidery was designed by Shantanu and Nikhil. He carried a sword per Indian tradition.

Their wedding reception was on November 24, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, India.
"The menu included a selection of Indian, Western (Italian) and Asian (Thai and Chinese) cuisine served at live counters. The big attraction of the evening was the nine-tier wedding cake weighing over 80 kgs consisting of chocolate, candied fruits, fruit peels and nuts."
Source: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee. "Shilpa and Raj's grand reception rocks." Entertainment.oneindia.in. 11/25/2009.

Honeymoon:

Raj and Shilpa honeymooned in the Bahamas. Following their honeymoon, they took their families on a Mediterranean cruise.
Shilpa: "After we return, Raj is taking our entire family, all the Shettys and the Kundras, on a Mediterranean cruise for Christmas. He thought everyone needed a break.”
Source: "Thank god, I'll marry only once: Shilpa." TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com. 11/30/2009.

Residences:

Raj and Shilpa own a home in Mumbai, India and a seven-bedroom mansion in Weybridge, Surrey on St. George's Hill estate. They call the home "Raj Mahal."
Shilpa: "There is already a child's bedroom here because Raj has a nephew and I can certainly see my children running around this place. And there is enough space for us to live at one end while Raj's parents live at the other. In Indian culture you live as an extended family and this home is perfect for that."
Source: "Raj Mahal: The mansion where Shilpa Shetty can now start her family." DailyMail.co.uk. 3/30/2009.

Occupations:

Shilpa: Actress, model.

Raj: Businessman, executive producer.

Children:

Shilpa and Raj have a son, born in May 2012 in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

Raj has a daughter, Deleena Kundra, born in 2006. Deleena's mother is Kavita Kundra.

Previous Marriage:

Raj was previously married to Kavita Kundra. Nine months after they separated, the couple divorced.

Quotes About the Marriage of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra:

Shilpa on Raj's fortune: "We are used to a certain lifestyle and it’s practical to choose a spouse who can at least match those luxuries, if not more. There’s nothing wrong in looking forward to a comfortable life. But money isn’t everything. Raj and I connected on a different level.”
Source: Urvashi Ashar. "I want to excel as a homemaker: Shilpa." timesofIndia.indiatimes.com. 11/22/2009.

Shilpa: "It actually made me feel physically ill. To be called a marriage-breaker was the worst thing possible. It brought such shame on to my parents, and I felt so bad for their sake. To be honest, I think I was in love with Raj from day one but I was in denial. I made it clear to him that our relationship could go no further than friendship until he actually had his divorce."
Source: "I'm not a home-breaker: Shilpa Shetty." TimesofIndia.indiatimes.com. 4/01/2009.

Shilpa on pre-nuptial blues: “To all those who want to know how I am feeling, I just want to say I’m going through a lot of mixed feelings – happiness, excitement, nervousness, just like any bride to be and sadness as well ... Honestly it still hasn’t sunk in completely, it’s a strange emotion, can’t describe it. The only consolation is that I’m tying the knot with Raj –- a man who lets me be myself and doesn’t want me or my life to change and that erases premarital jitters. Obviously marriage is a huge step and with it come responsibilities, and since I believe in the institution, so I hope and pray that I can make ours a success.”
Source: BW Team. "Bride to be Shilpa Shetty going through mixed feelings." BollywoodWorld.com. 11/06/2009.

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