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Shilpa prays for IPL success

First-time IPL team owner Shilpa Shetty is leaving no stone unturned to ensure success in South Africa. The actress paid a visit to Golden Temple to seek divine intervention. Minakshi Saini tells more.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2009 13:35 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times

First-time IPL team owner Shilpa Shetty is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that her boys have a great showing in South Africa. She is seeking support not only from fans, but from God Almighty as well.

On Thursday, the actress was at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, clad in a sunny yellow churidar-kameez; last month, she had met with Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr, one of America’s foremost religious and political figures, in London; and her blog sends out appeals for best wishes. “Thank you to all those who’ve been wishing our team Rajasthan Royals. We always need your support,” she has written.

In Amritsar, there was no sign of the Bollywood siren that Shilpa usually is. Covered from head to toe, only her big gold watch, bigger sunglasses and the large rock on her ring finger could tell an onlooker that this was no ordinary devotee. Her mother, sister Shamita Shetty and boyfriend and business partner Raj Kundra were with Shilpa. The group also included Jeetendra and his wife Shobha.

According to reports, while she was heading back to the airport with her family, Raj played Shilpa’s real-life hero by bashing up a man who tried to misbehave with her. The man touched Shilpa and as she cringed, a furious Raj hit him.

This is not the first time the actress has shown her religious side. She had said in an earlier interview, “I visit temples often. When I am in Mumbai, I walk to Siddhivinayak [temple] every Tuesday. I strongly believe in God.” When we probed the motive of this darshan and parikrama at the Golden Temple, a source revealed, “She considers visiting holy places to be lucky, and makes sure to go for a darshan before getting started on any important task… this time, the IPL.”

First Published: Apr 11, 2009 13:26 IST