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Amrita wants parents to accept her new beau

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Amrita and Shakeel
Though Amrita Arora and current squeeze Shakeel Ladak have been making arm-in-arm appearances at various dos around town, all's not well on the home front. It is believed that Amrita's family are less than thrilled about Amrita flaunting her association with him, so soon after her split with Usman Afzal.

Says a source, "Amrita's dad (Anil) and mom (Joyce) are very concerned about the number of boyfriends their beti has dated in the last six years. The simple-minded folks adore their daughters and have given them ample freedom to live life on their own terms but they are now getting concerned about their younger daughter's ways. The Aroras are pleased that Malaika is well settled; they want Amu to do the same.

They were shocked when barely a few weeks after her split from cricketer boyfriend Usman, Amrita (27) began dating 23-year-old Shakeel Ladak, director of administration with the construction company Red Stone Group."

The parents disapprove of Amrita dating a much younger Shakeel. "He is five years younger than Amu! And the family (especially Joyce) was very fond of Usman. The actress' parents were in London, in May and had met Usman's family. Both families were expecting the couple to get engaged when they suddenly split up.

Since the decision to split was Amrita's idea, her family was upset with her for some time. Now they've told her that she can date Shakeel, but have asked her to refrain from talking about him to the media." The source adds, "When Amrita went to shoot for Kambakht Ishq in Los Angeles in July, Joyce was supposed to accompany Malaika and Arbaaz Khan to LA for a few days but when she heard Shakeel was also planning a visit, she opted out. Joyce is still very fond of Usman, who doesn't want to meet Amrita's new guy.

There were major fights in the Arora household soon after she outed her new boyfriend but now things are cooling down and Amrita's parents are trying to accept Shakeel, who is also trying his hardest by wooing them with gifts. The new couple was holidaying in Dubai and will return today."

Though Amrita Arora remained unavailable for comment, a source close to her maintains, " It's not true that Amrita's parents disapprove of Shakeel. On the contrary they are fond of him. Her mother was not supposed to go to LA. They have met Shakeel many times. In fact, Amu's mom and Shakeel often party together."

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