‘PEO­PLE DON’T RE­SPECT THEIR PART­NERS NOW’

Ac­tor Shamita Shetty feels that peo­ple don’t want to hold onto their re­la­tion­ships any­more

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Shamita Shetty (right) is 38 and is clearly in no rush to get mar­ried. Though her sis­ter, ac­tor Shilpa Shetty is al­ready mother to a five-yearold son at the age of 42, Shamita says that she is tak­ing it easy and is wait­ing for the “right man” to come into her life.

Asked if she ever gets pres­sured by her mother, Shamita says, “I won’t call it pres­sure. Ev­ery par­ent wants to see their child set­tle down. And ini­tially, after I lost my dad, mom would be wor­ried and all the fo­cus comes on the other child, nat­u­rally. But I don’t re­ally stress about it that much.”

What does Shilpa say on the sub­ject? Shamita quips, “She is not con­cerned any­more now. She has un­der­stood that I need to find my own way, so she doesn’t pester me. When these things have to hap­pen, they just hap­pen. My doors are very much open but hon­estly, I haven’t found any­one that I can spend the rest of my life with.”

Shamita as­serts that she has stayed sin­gle for so long be­cause she isn’t re­ally happy with the kind of things she sees in so­ci­ety to­day. “It’s scary what you see out there. Peo­ple are in mar­riages and still do­ing their own things on the side. They don’t re­spect their part­ners enough and don’t hold onto re­la­tion­ships the way it was in the past,” she says.

The ac­tor adds that mar­riage is sa­cred for her. “I don’t be­lieve in this no­tion of fall­ing in love to­day, get­ting mar­ried and if it doesn’t work, you go your own way. It’s not about that for me. I want a com­pan­ion with whom I am go­ing to be happy. And I don’t mind if the per­son comes into my life at a later stage, even when I am 40 or 50. I’m not go­ing to sit and stress over it or plan things out,” says Shamita adding that she won’t pre­fer an ac­tor as her life part­ner.

So who’s the ideal guy with whom she could spend the rest of her life? “He has to be some­one who can make me laugh and has a drive and pas­sion for what­ever he does in his life. I can’t han­dle dis­hon­esty. I like in­tegrity in peo­ple and for me, that’s very im­por­tant in a man,” says Shamita, who won’t mind know­ing the per­son bet­ter, if he matches the cri­te­ria.

I don’t be­lieve in this no­tion of fall­ing in love, get­ting mar­ried and if it doesn’t work, you go your own way. It’s not about that for me SHAMITA SHETTY, AC­TOR

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