Party over for Shilpa, Raj


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, Aug. 25 -- Actor Shilpa Shetty and entrepreneur hubby Raj Kundra have let go of their popular Mumbai club, The Royalty, after a flurry of complaints from neighbours.

"We decided to start it because we thought Bandra needed an upscale nightclub. We didn't think it would be a hindrance to the residents. But following a litany of complaints, we've decided to pull out. A lot of time, money and effort was invested, and it was hard on us as business people, but we don't want to upset our fellow Mumbaikars further," says Shilpa Shetty.

The club was inaugurated in March last year with a star-studded bash. Shilpa's IPL team, Rajasthan Royals, also partied there. It drew the ire of local residents as it was located on a predominantly residential area, and had been given permission for a bar. Fed up of loud music and traffic snarls, Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of the H West Citizens Trust, sent a complaint to then-home minister RR Patil.

Reportedly, Salman Khan's younger brother, actor-producer-director Sohail Khan, has bought out Kundra's stakes. The Royalty is currently being given out for film shoots. Salman's Bodyguard was shot there recently.

Buzz is that Shilpa and Raj are scouting for a good commercial property to start another nightclub, but the actor denies it. "The troubles we faced with The Royalty have left a bad taste. We're not planning anything else. We already have our hands full with the spas and food chains," she says.