When Raj Kundra spoke of his humble background: ‘My father was a bus conductor, I hated poverty’

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty tied the knot with businessman Raj Kundra in 2009. The actor, who has been in cinemas since the early 90s, now has two children with Kundra. After he was recently arrested for allegedly making pornographic films and publishing them on mobile applications, an old interview with Raj Kundra is doing the rounds on the internet.

In a 2013 interview with Filmfare, shortly after the birth of their son Viaan, Raj spoke about knowing he was going to marry Shilpa. “There’s more to her than meets the eye. She has an angelic side. Her domestic side grew on me as I got to know her. You’d think she’d drink, smoke – things you associate with actresses. But she doesn’t do all that. I took her home to meet my parents and she was extremely hot. She touched their feet. I respect that. It was then that I thought this girl could be my wife,” he said.

Raj also remembered seeing Shilpa for the first time and how it was “love at first sight” for him. He said: ‘She was in a hotel with her mother when I first met her. I realized how homey she really was. It was clear that she was cultured and had good values. It was love at first sight. From the moment I saw her, I knew I would love her as my life partner.”

At the time of this interview, Raj and Shilpa had been married for four years. He also spoke of his “humble origins.” “I come from a humble background. My father moved to London 45 years ago and worked as a bus conductor, while my mother worked in a factory. We’ve never had it easy. I have been a self-made man since I left university at the age of 18. Whenever Shilpa checks me for careless spending, I tell her I have no problem enjoying the money I’ve made. My anger pushed me. I hated poverty so much that I wanted to get rich,” he said.

As far as work goes, Shilpa is looking forward to the release of Hungama 2 on July 23. She can be seen as a judge on Sony TV’s Super Dancer 4.

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