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01-25-2013, 06:57 PM #1
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Dilip Kumar dragged to court by brothers over Pali Hill bungalow
The two, who shared the house with the star for 60 years, claim they were duped with a promise of an apartment each once the property was redeveloped
Yesteryear superstar Dilip Kumar's brothers have sent him a legal notice, accusing him of reneging on a promise to provide them accommodation in a building that was to be built by razing a Pali Hill bungalow the two had shared with the actor for close to 60 years.
Ehsaan Khan, 77, and Aslam Khan, 75, have also alleged that they haven't been paid the monthly maintenance promised when they were convinced to move out of 48, Pali Hill, the actor's sprawling property, in 2006.
According to the notice, the elder brother was promised a 1,200 sq ft apartment in the new building, and the younger one was to get an 800 sq ft flat. However, while the bungalow has since been demolished, there is no sign of the promised multistorey building.
The brothers have alleged that the monthly maintenance of Rs 60,000 that was to be deposited in a joint account has also not come in many years.
Having lived in a friend's two-bedroom house on Hill Road for many years and survived on help from relatives and well-wishers, the two now have just under a week to vacate the property. "In less than a week, we will have nowhere to go. We also have no money left," Ehsaan told us. Dilip Kumar's wife actress Saira Banu, at whose bungalow he now resides, confirmed receiving the notice but claimed it to be a family matter that should not be discussed in public. "We are entitled to our privacy which others must also respect. We have a lot to say in reply, but do not want to," she said.
In the early '50s, Dilip Kumar, already a superstar with such hits as Andaz, Mela, Deedar and Daag, lived with his nine siblings and father at 21, Mala in Bandra. After his father passed away, he bought 48, Pali Hill for Rs 1.5 lakh and moved in with all his brothers and sisters.
While the sisters were married off and one of the brothers passed away, Ehsaan and Aslam continued staying with the actor. In 2006, the family decided to redevelop the property. While Dilip Kumar by then had already moved in with Saira Banu at her Saira Nivas bungalow, Ehsaan and Aslam were asked to vacate and promised apartments in the new building.
They were told the new building will take three years to complete and the developers - Sharyans Resources Limited and Gold Beam Constructions Private Limited - committed to pay them maintenance for this period.
The brothers, who have made the two developers a party to the notice, claim 48, Pali Hill was a family property and was not bought from Dilip Kumar's earnings alone. "We are only asking for our share and nothing more. We don't want to fight, we just want justice," said Ehsaan.