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Shilpa Shetty linked with married NRI

Reports say the Bollywood actress is romantically involved with 30-yr-old businessman Raj Kundra, reports Vijay Dutt.
Hindustan Times | By Vijay Dutt, London
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2007 04:20 AM IST

Dr Shilpa Shetty, 32, might soon be referred to as Dr Mrs Shetty if reports about her romantically getting involved with London-based 30-year-old Indian businessman Raj Kundra, materialise into their doing the seven pheras.

Rumours had been floating about their being close since the last few weeks and the Mail Royal had hinted about their likely marriage early this month. Two prominent Indians from Mumbai who were in London during the IIFA weekend in Yorkshire had also told HT that Shilpa and Kundra were more than just an item in the celebrity circuit. The two were said to be constant companions for the past few months.

Kundra is a married man and has a 10-month-old daughter.

The Sunday Mail has claimed that "they both stayed in the same hotel in Central London on Friday night. There have been rumours that they plan to wed."

Kundra’s now estranged wife Kavita, 25, went to stay with her parents in the Midlands but when he returned to the UK, he sent her a series of terse text messages.

Kundra told the paper, 'I am the licenser of a perfume with Shilpa Shetty. We met three months ago through her agent Farhath Hussain and developed interest in the perfume. We are just good friends.”

Meanwhile, Kavita went into attack mode. She told the News of the World tabloid that Shilpa is now “an item with her film producer husband Raj... Our marriage was in a rough patch but I was certain we could make it work for the sake of our new baby daughter. But then along came Shilpa. Suddenly Raj changed and now he wants a divorce," Kavita said.

But Dale Bhagwagar, Shilpa’s publicist in Mumbai, said she and Kundra were just friends.

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