This is the gift Shilpa Shetty wanted on her birthday
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This is the gift Shilpa Shetty wanted on her birthday

As she celebrates her 42nd birthday today, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra talks about her plans for the day and the time when husband Raj Kundra made her go into shock (with happiness).

bollywood Updated: Jun 08, 2017 08:04 IST
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Anjuri Nayar Singh
Hindustan Times
Shilpa Shetty Kundra,Raj Kundra,Viaan
Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra says that her five-year-old son Viaan is very excited about her birthday.

Today, actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra is celebrating the second year of her fabulous forties. One of the poster girls of fitness in Bollywood, Shilpa looked as svelte in Life in a... Metro (2007) and Apne (2007) as she did in her initial films Baazigar (1993) and Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994).

Now at 42, the actor talks about how she has never been bothered by age. “I have always taken it in my stride and have aged gracefully. You can’t stop the ageing process , but you can choose how you want to age, with healthy choices,” says Shilpa.

The actor has decided to keep it simple this year on her birthday. “We’re keeping it simple since I’m leaving for my yearly summer break in London soon and I need to finish pending work. Some close friends will come over at home for a home-cooked lunch to ring in my birthday. In the evening, dinner will be with my hubby (Raj Kundra), wherever he takes me,” says Shilpa.

Her son Viaan is excited about mom’s birthday celebrations. “Now he’s five, so he gets very excited with birthdays,” says Shilpa. “He’ll make me a card and give me more kisses and that will make my day and year.”

However, the celebrations don’t end there — Shilpa will also take time out for herself. “This year, I’ve gifted myself a week of me-time. I’ve been very busy working and I’m looking forward to a week of detox at the Viva Mayr (spa clinic in Austria)... and then papa will take over son duty,” she says.

Talking about her best birthday memories, Shilpa recalls a time when Raj planned a surprise for her. “My best birthday memory is Montenegro (on the Adriatic coast) where Raj planned my 40th with a few close friends and family. It was a complete surprise and I was in shock at how he and my friends all managed to keep it a secret. Raj had planned it for over 10 months,” says Shilpa.

Of course, her fans make the day special for her, too. “They send me lots of love. Earlier, I used to get a lot of fan mail, but now, in this time of social media, I get all their love through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and I value it,” she says.

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First Published: Jun 08, 2017 08:03 IST