Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who became a household name here after her win on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, is set to marry businessman Raj Kundra this autumn, her father has revealed in an application to an Indian court.
Shilpa and her London-based Indian beau formed a successful business partnership following her appearance on the reality television show. Their business empire includes a $16.2 million (10 million pounds) stake in the Rajasthan Royals Twenty20 cricket team and a recently acquired food company. Shilpa’s father Surendra Shetty revealed the couple’s wedding plans in an application for his passport to be returned to allow him to attend the event. It was confiscated after he was charged with threatening a business associate he claimed owed money to his daughter.
Surendra Shetty is accused of sending gangsters to collect a debt from sari manufacturer Pankaj Agarwal after his firm Praful Sarees failed to pay Shilpa for a modelling assignment when her Bollywood career was at a low point. Since then, Surendra Shetty and his wife Sunanda have only been able to travel overseas with the court’s permission in his application, Surendra Shetty told the court the wedding would take place between September and the end of December in Britain.