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Shilpa Shetty to marry Raj Kundra this year

The 33-year-old Bollywood actress is planning a traditional wedding with jewellery tycoon Raj Kundra and has set a tentative date in October this year, says a report in Daily Mail.

entertainment Updated: Mar 29, 2009 12:13 IST

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is all set to tie the nuptial knot with jewellery tycoon Raj Kundra later this year.

The 33-year-old actress is planning a traditional wedding and has set a tentative date in October this year, the Daily Mail reported.

The couple is yet to make an announcement about their marriage.

"I have very traditional views of marriage. I've seen my parents maintain a 35-year marriage and I really believe marriages are made in heaven," the actress said.

"I've always said that the day I decide to tie the knot it is going to be for good. I have often wondered who the right person would be and I've come to realise that for me it is Raj. I'm completely sure he is my soul mate," the actress said about her two-year-old relationship with Kundra.

The couple is planning a traditional wedding in India.

"I have spoken to Shilpa's parents and we are doing it the Indian way. In India you don't get engaged until just before the wedding, so I didn't go down on one knee to her or anything like that. But we have definitely set a date for this year," Kundra said.

It would be Shilpa's first marriage while Kundra was previously married to Kavita and has a daughter with her.

Shetty met Kundra in early 2007. The 34-year-old millionaire owns a Dubai-based business trading precious stones and metals.

Kundra is also helping manage Shilpa's career and is said to be behind her decision to invest in Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals, the last year's IPL winners.

The couple recently bought a seven-bedroom, 5 million pound house in Weybridge, Surrey in London.

"I believe in the institution of marriage, I'm dying to have kids, and when you see the Weybridge home, it's huge, it's a great family home, so I can't wait to bring up children there," she had said in an earlier interview.

Shetty became a household name in the UK after a racist storm in the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother, involving late Jade Goody whom she credits for her success.

First Published: Mar 29, 2009 12:06 IST