Barely two days after the wedding, and Shilpa Shetty-Kundra, that's how she wants to be known now feels she's on top of the world.
"I plan to get married only once! This has been the most exhausting week of my life. And also the happiest. I've waited so long for my wedding. Outwardly, the only thing that's different is the chudas (heavy gold bangles) and the way I'm dressed is different. Inside me, everything feels the same. I've known Raj for so long that it feels no different otherwise," says Shilpa. "I have a severe jaw ache from all the smiling that I did at the reception on Tuesday. Now I know why my colleagues avoid wedding receptions. It really does get impossible to manage the crowd."
Apparently, there were more gatecrashers at the reception than guests.
"At the wedding too, there were people climbing trees and walls to take photographs," Shilpa giggles. "But it was a far more intimate, private and controlled affair than the reception. My sister Shamita kept saying she felt she was part of Punjabi wedding sequence in a movie. The wedding was very traditional and simple. I felt I was going through a dream. My marriage was exactly the way I had imagined it," Shilpa adds.
The couple will now leave for their honeymoon followed by a Mediterranean cruise for the entire family. We're going to the Bahamas for our honeymoon. Then after we return, Raj is taking our entire family, all the Shettys and Kundras on a Mediterranean cruise for Christmas. He thought everyone needed break."
Regarding her plans of dividing her time between Mumbai and London, the actress reveals: "I have to get acquainted with Raj's circle of friends in London, get used to socialising with them. We'll have two homes now. In any case I was always travelling to and fro. Now I'll be doing this even more. I've my film-production company in Mumbai. So I can't be in London only."
Motherhood is also on the anvil. "I certainly want to be a mother. I can't wait to start our family."