Shilpa Shetty is supposedly the latest celebrity resident who will move into a neighbourhood near you very soon.
Reports coming in have suggested that the Bollywood actress and Britian’s “Celebrity Big Brother” reality show winner has been gifted an apartment on the 19th floor of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. And the gift is by none other than her husband, billionaire entrepreneur Raj Kundra, who presented the keys to the star for their first wedding anniversary last week.
While no confirmation was forthcoming from property developer Emaar, Shetty at least tweeted about her arrival in sunny Dubai last evening, saying: “Landed In Dubai :) so needed this break jus wish I cud spk: (Gods way of telling me to tk a break (Shutup). Excelling at sign language must say! [sic]”
The actress has been diagnosed with pharyngitis on November 20 and has lost her voice since.
India’s Mid-day.com quoted a source close to the actress who confirmed the news, adding that Shetty herself would design the interiors of apartment.
The famous couple already have business interests in Dubai through their 33 per cent or £6 million stake in the UK-based V8 Gourmet Group, an international Indian food company that includes The Bombay Bicycle Club Kitchens and Tiffinbites, amongst other brands.
The deal, which was inked last year, had Shetty saying at the time: “I know that our partnership will grow and envisage a great future with a whole new line of products and restaurants all over Europe, Dubai and Jordan.”
Within six months, Tiffinbites opened its first restaurant at Dubai Marina, JBR Walk, followed by another at Mirdiff City Centre.
The actress has also mentioned that she wants to launch a line of ready gourmet Indian meals in Dubai for weight watchers.
Shetty, 35, entered Bollywood with the hit thriller “Baazigar” in 1993 and in the corresponding 16 years has had a mere handful of hit films in her kitty, of which the most notable being 2000’s “Dhadkan”, 2004’s “Phir Milenge” and 2007’s “Life In A… Metro”.
The actress shot to international acclaim when she won Celebrity Big Brother amidst racial slurs that won the heart of millions who voted for her, but since has made a handful of appearances in films, mainly through item numbers.
In 2007 she met now husband, Kundra, and the duo tied the knot last year. The couple also own properties in Mumbai and London.