Ever since he shifted to Mumbai from Chennai, filmmaker Prabhudheva has been living in rented flats, unlike most of his contemporaries. In 2012, he had rented out Sridevi's Andheri apartment, but after the latter's bungalow caught fire in 2014, the director moved out, so that Sridevi and her family could shift there.
In fact, when he vacated Sridevi's house, a number of media reports claimed that Prabhudheva had become "homeless". "Mumbai is so big. After that (moving out of Sridevi's house), I moved into a Lokhandwala apartment. Then, I shifted to my current home [at Veera Desai road]."
The filmmaker, who has been living in the city for the past three years, finds the housing system in Mumbai "very different" from that in the southern part of India. "Even if you buy a house today (in Mumbai), they will give you its possession only in 2019-2020. In Mumbai, there is flat system, but in Chennai, we have single houses. So, this is new for me. But now, I have adapted myself to it," he says.
The filmmaker has also purchased a home in the city. "I've bought one, but it has been happening (the building is still under construction) for the past many months. First, they (the builders) said I will get the flat in 2015, which got changed to 2016. And now, it's 2017," he says.