"You know, I had a humble beginning and my life was not as luxurious as it is now."
So says Raj Kundra, descending the staircase in his Rs 24-crore beach apartment in Juhu, sensing my awkwardness in the presence of riches.
The cars (Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on), the slew of security personnel including two personal bodyguards of imposing build, the tennis-court-sized, chandelier-lit party room on the ground floor, and the inverted cone-shaped glass gazebo on the neatly trimmed lawn can all make you go weak in the knees if you are not used to such opulence.
The British-born millionaire businessman arrives an hour late for the interview.
He had gone to pay his last respects to the late wrestler and actor Dara Singh, whose son is a close friend.
On entering the house, Kundra excuses himself for a few minutes before the Q&A session.
The house, done up by Sussanne Roshan (actor Hrithik Roshan's wife), effaces boundaries with an East-meets-West kind of decor.
He goes to his bedroom and you imagine him cuddling Viaan (his second child, now two months old) and chatting up his second wife, the actress Shilpa Shetty.
Image: Raj Kundra with his newborn son Viaan and wife Shilpa Shetty.
Text: Arghya Ganguly, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Raj Kundra