Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty has welcomed a baby girl into the world via a surrogate.
The Bollywood actress, who in 2007 was caught up in an international racism row involving the late Jade Goody, announced her happy news on Instagram today. Sharing a photo of her daughter’s little hand holding her finger, she said: “Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah, our prayers have been answered with a miracle…
“With gratitude in our hearts, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of our little Angel, Samisha Shetty Kundra, Born: February 15, 2020 Junior SSK in the house.
“‘Sa’ in Sanskrit is “to have”, and ‘Misha’ in Russian stands for “someone like God”. You personify this name – our Goddess Laxmi, and complete our family. Please bestow our angel with all your love and blessings.” She signed off her post: “Ecstatic parents: Raj and Shilpa Shetty Kundra, overjoyed brother: Viaan-Raj Kundra”
Shetty is one of Bollywood’s most profiled and photographed stars. The 45-year-old started out with modelling and she appeared in several television commercials before moving into acting. She made a big name for herself in Hindi Films in India and has been awarded numerous accolades, including Best Actress for 2000 box office hit Dhadkan as well as her portrayal of an AIDS patient in the 2004 drama Phir Milenge.
Shetty’s also a prominent celebrity brand endorser and speaks vocally about issues such as feminism and animal rights. After a high-profile relationship with actor Akshay Kumar, she married businessman Raj Kundra in 2009, and the pair went on to have son Viaan Raj Kundra three years later. The couple co-own the Indian Premier League cricket team Rajsthan Royals.
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