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Trouble finding a home in Mumbai? Shireen Mirza of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein-fame shares your angst

Turns out, even if you are a popular television actor, you are not eligible to get a house

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 5 April 2018, 7:23 PM
Shireen Mirza is mighty disgusted, and we do understand why

Shireen Mirza is mighty disgusted, and we do understand why Image: Facebook

What if we tell you that the proverb — a needle in a haystack — is being updated to suit our modern lives and will now be replaced with — a house in Mumbai? Oxford and Webster and everybody is on board with this. 

Sounds too good to be true, isn't it? Well, it ought to be. 'Coz you might still be able to spot that pesky needle but a house in the city of (choking) dreams is practically impossible. And many of us, including yours truly, have been on the other side of that door, bags and boxes in tow, begging for a house. 

But some have it tougher than others. For example, if you're a non-vegetarian you get a negative point. Similarly, if you're married you get +2 (quite literally) and are more likely to secure a roof over your head. But what's that ultimate level of impossibility, when you are absolutely un-leasable? It is when you are an MBA. 

 

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No, not that management degree you studied for in a fancy institute but quit to pursue your dreams. For the woke it stands for: Muslim, Bachelor, Actor. Just ask Shireen Mirza. 

Shireen, of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein fame, took to Instagram to vent about her house hunting woes. Turns out, even if you are a popular television actor entertaining the audience right in their drawing rooms as they chop potatoes, you are not eligible to get a house. 

"I don't deserve to get a house in Mumbai because I'm M B A - MUSLIM, BACHELOR, ACTOR" wrote Shireen, along with a throwback picture of herself of the time when she had landed in Mumbai with dreams to make it big. "This pic was taken when I came here with a dream of living in Mumbai and now After spending almost 8 years in this city this is what I get to hear.. Firstly, Yes I'm an Actor and I do not Smoke or drink and I have no criminal records. So, How can they judge my character on the basis of my profession?? Second, I'm a bachelor and when I call brokers they ask me higher rents for the flats which are available saying Pay extra or u won't get it since ur a Bachelor. My question is nuisance can be created by families too??? Third, I called up another person and they ask me wether I am a Hindu or a Muslim and reverted back with an answer that Muslims are not preferred. They also mentioned that take the flat on ur friend's name who's not a Muslim. I mean what's in a name??? There's no difference in the blood. Renting or buying a property in the city that never sleeps. Mumbai which prides itself on its cosmopolitan character is divided on basis of religion, profession and marital status?? I'm shocked to see that Mumbai which has given me so much that I don't stop praising about Mumbai by calling it Aamchi Mumbai still doesn't have a place for me and so many of us coming from out of town still struggling with identity crises. With a heavy heart and after many refusals my question is. Do I belong to this city ?? 💔💔💔 #supportandshare" ... read her long, heartfelt note. 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't deserve to get a house in Mumbai because I'm M B A - MUSLIM, BACHELOR, ACTOR. This pic was taken when I came here with a dream of living in Mumbai and now After spending almost 8 years in this city this is what I get to hear.. Firstly, Yes I'm an Actor and I do not Smoke or drink and I have no criminal records. So, How can they judge my character on the basis of my profession?? Second, I'm a bachelor and when I call brokers they ask me higher rents for the flats which are available saying Pay extra or u won't get it since ur a Bachelor. My question is nuisance can be created by families too??? Third, I called up another person and they ask me wether I am a Hindu or a Muslim and reverted back with an answer that Muslims are not preferred. They also mentioned that take the flat on ur friend's name who's not a Muslim. I mean what's in a name??? There's no difference in the blood. Renting or buying a property in the city that never sleeps. Mumbai which prides itself on its cosmopolitan character is divided on basis of religion, profession and marital status?? I'm shocked to see that Mumbai which has given me so much that I don't stop praising about Mumbai by calling it Aamchi Mumbai still doesn't have a place for me and so many of us coming from out of town still struggling with identity crises. With a heavy heart and after many refusals my question is Do I belong to this city ?? 💔💔💔 #supportandshare

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This isn't the first time an actor/celebrity has faced such a situation in the maximum city. About a couple of years ago, Vir Das was almost evicted from his Pali Hill flat because he (apparently) held up the repair work. Eijaz Khan, too, found himself and his two dogs homeless after certain societies refused to rent him accommodation. 

We sincerely hope Shireen finds a place for herself and soon. Though that will only solve half her problems, given that there's absolutely no way you can do away with nosy neighbours and watchmen who feel they are guarding the border. But it's a start. All the best, Shireen.

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