Shilpa Shetty dating NRI businessman Raj Kundra?

Forget all that talk about director Anubhav Sinha. Shilpa Shetty is being blamed for ‘breaking up a home' yet again. Ashok Rai reports from London.
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Updated on Jul 25, 2007 01:22 PM IST
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None | ByAshok Rai, London

Yesterday, the Daily Mail carried details about a liaison between NRI businessman Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty.. as well as a heart-to-heart quotespeak with the estranged wife Kavita.

The widely read London tabloid, Daily Mail, has gone hammer and tongs against Shilpa Shetty, who till recently was the toast of Britain following her win on the television reality show Celebrity Big Brother.

The actress, who has been jet-hopping between Mumbai and London, has been charged guilty of breaking the marriage of an affluent millionaire NRI couple of London. Of late, there have been reports claiming that Shilpa could tie the knot with Raj Kundra, a well-heeled London businessman and film financier.

Kundra's estranged wife, Kavita, 25, has blamed her marital break-up on the actress. Kavita has been quoted as saying, "My husband's obsession with Shilpa Shetty has broken up our marriage."

The Daily Mail story reports elaborate details about how Raj split from Kavita last November, weeks after their daughter Deleena was born on September 9.

The story adds that Kavita went to stay with her parents in the Midlands but when Raj returned to the UK after a visit to Mumbai, he sent her a series of terse text messages. "Don't bother me," was the first one.

Kavita is reported to have said that the subsequent messages were even more cruel: "He made it clear that he considered our relationship was over and didn't want to work on repairing our three-year marriage."

Kavita has gone on to lament that Raj was always enamoured by Bollywood and had a fling with another actress last year. She added that Raj had been praising Shilpa and her family of late and said that they liked him.

She added: "If he is planning to marry Shilpa, I would say to her, good luck. I was never the kind of wife he wanted. He always told me I wasn't ambitious."

Raj confirmed to the Daily Mail on Sunday that his marriage was over. Vis-a-vis Shilpa, he said, "I am the licenser of a perfume with Shilpa Shetty. We are just good friends. My wife has always tried to link me to any woman I have been associated with professionally. She is very insecure. I am divorcing her on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour - that she never supported my interests or wanted to go out with me."

He is the support behind her recently launched perfume - S2 and also her official representative in the UK. With time, the business association appears to have graduated to a personal one, as the two have been seen together at restaurants and also at a recently concluded awards ceremony in Yorkshire.

Raj Kundra's name has been heard in connection with Velocity Entertainment which distributed the Om Puri-Sophie Dahl movie King Of Bollywood in the UK.

Kundra co-produced Mere Jeevan Saathi featuring Akshay Kumar-Karisma Kapoor which was delayed in production and eventually sank without a trace. Another film, It Could be You, has not made any ripples.

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