It’s not about the flat now, says Hashmi
“It’s not about a flat now, it’s about solving a big problem,” says actor Emraan Hashmi, who was allegedly denied a flat at an upscale building because he is a Muslim, reports Hiren Kotwani.india Updated: Aug 01, 2009 01:43 IST
“It’s not about a flat now, it’s about solving a big problem,” says actor Emraan Hashmi, who was allegedly denied a flat at an upscale building because he is a Muslim.
“This is a practice in several societies… and we call Mumbai a cosmopolitan city,” said the star of films like Gangster.
Hashmi sought the intervention of minister of state for home Naseem Khan and the minorities commission.
“Depending on their response, we’ll decide the course of action,” he said, adding he still wants to buy the house.
The trouble began when Hashmi was refused a no-objection certificate (NOC) by the Pali Hill society, reportedly for being a Muslim. Pali Hill is a posh address shared by several film stars.
Hashmi currently lives on the sixth floor of Reshma Apartments, also in Pali Hill.
“After searching for a month, I zeroed in on the house at Nibbana,” said Hashmi. “I paid the token money and was asked to get the NOC. But the society didn’t issue it to my parents because we’re Muslims. They misbehaved with them too.”
The house is a sprawling three-bedroom apartment, costing about Rs 3.5 crore.