Buying a home with your hard-earned money is always special and a dream come true for most. However, this dream is fulfilled only when one can design and decorate the house according to his needs. This stage takes time and is a quiet affair for most, but not everyone is lucky. Meera Chopra from 1920 London (2016) and Section 375 (2019) fame was one of those people who had a heartbreaking moment while designing their home. The actress even had to file an FIR against her interior decorator and is still awaiting justice.
Bollywood Hungama has a copy of the FIR that has been filed at Oshiwara Police Station under Sections 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to cause breach of the peace), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation ) and 509 (insulting modesty of a woman).
Speaking exclusively to Bollywood HungamaMeera Chopra said: “I bought a new house in Andheri, Mumbai. I hired an interior designer from Oshiwara named Rajinder Dewan to design the house. I had to go to Banaras for a photoshoot for 15-20 days. So we signed a deal and the price we set was Rs. 17 lakhs. He asked me to pay Rs. 8 lakhs, that’s almost 50% of the advance payment and he assured me that he will get most of the work while I am out of town. I didn’t know him that well, but there was a trust factor. 50% advance koi deta bhi nahi hai. However, I did what I trusted him to take care of the house. “
Meera Chopra later states that she was surprised when she returned from filming: “I had given him designs and told him to use a certain type of woodwork and fabric. Since Mumbai is a humid city, it is necessary to use very good quality material. But when I came back, I realized that the material you have used is very poor. Later, I found out that most interior decorators follow this practice of using substandard material. I told him to change it. He said no. He is quite old for me; he is almost 50 years old. So I respectfully told him ‘Aap please aise mat karo. Nahin toh principal aapse kaam nahi kara paungi ‘. To which he became extremely abusive in front of all the workers. You will not believe this; he kicked me out of my own house and told me ‘Tum aise ball mat karo… warna workers kaam nahi karenge ‘. Imagine, unhone meri hello ghar se mujhe bahar nikal diya! “
Meera Chopra continued, “I came home and sent him a message that ‘I won’t be able to work with you. Provide invoices for the expenses you have incurred so far and return the balance amount. ‘ However, he did not return any money. He gave me certain handwritten bills. After which he disappeared. “
She added: “That’s why I went to the police station and filed an FIR. Ab tak uss FIR pe koi action hua nahi hai. 2 months have passed. I was quiet about it. But as a girl left alone in Mumbai, I can only go so far for help. I have no family here. I know some people here main ek pair degree take unse favor maang sakti hoon. There is a police department and they are supposed to do their job. “
He also said: “Now it’s not about the money anymore. I mean I am not denying that money is not important. This is my first home and that is why it is very special. What is shocking is that he was relatively well known to me. aur woh ek akeli ladki ke saath aisa karke chale gaye. “
Meera Chopra later said that several people have had an equally difficult time with their interior decorators: “I had tweeted about my complaint on Twitter and many people had responded that most interior designers deceive people. So I’m also trying to raise awareness that so that the grid saath iss tarah se kuch galat ho raha hai, then the police should act immediately. This is because it is happening rampant, especially in Mumbai. In our city, kisi ke paas weather nahi hota hai roz ja ke ghar dekhne ka. So the whole arrangement works on trust and these people take unfair advantage of it. “
She continued, “koi agar normal ladki se koi Rs. 8 lakh leke chala jaata, woh toh FIR TREE bhi nahi kar boat. So I want to post this on a public platform that such behavior is not done. “
Meera Chopra also had a complaint against Rajinder Dewan’s daughter, Richa Malhotra, “She is my age. He accompanied his father to my house. And I’ve always said this that iss desh mein Brotherhood nahi hai. Ek aurat dusri aurat ki help nahi karti. He has no regrets that his father scammed another girl out of hundreds of thousands of rupees. You should tell your father that what you are doing is wrong. Sadly, people lower themselves to those levels because of money and everyone is silent. But someone needs to speak out. “
When asked if she stayed with the police for the inaction of her complaint, Meera Chopra replied: “I did it for almost a month. Then I stopped doing it because I had to hire a new interior designer. Also, my shootings were happening. As a result, I was unable to follow up after a point. The FIR is done. I trust the police will do the right thing. “
She added, “jab tak policeman ke peeche na pado na, tab tak kuch nahi karti. And I understand why because they have much bigger problems to deal with. But just because my problem is comparatively trivial, it is happening on a large scale, as the culprits know that no action will be taken against them. “
What surprises Meera Chopra is that the police can take action at any time against Rajinder Dewan, as he is not on the run. “He’s in Oshiwara,” he revealed.
Did Meera Chopra try to meet Rajinder Dewan at his residence or office? She replied that she avoided doing it for a reason: “Actually, he’s kind of a goonda. It is very abusive. I met him at the police station and even in front of the police, he was abusing me. If I tell him something is not right, he will immediately get aggressive. It is not open to any kind of criticism. These people should be punished. If you’re doing this to me, knowing I’m in the industry and have some connections, imagine how they must be harassing the common man. “
Meera Chopra later shared that popular actor Diljit Dosanjh may also have been the victim of his unprofessional behavior: “He had designed Diljit’s house in Oberoi Springs. This is something they just told me. They stated that 90% kaam hone ke baad Diljit ne inko nikaal diya tha. His daughter said that she asked the actor’s manager to allow her to record a video of his work, but the manager rejected her request. I felt really bad for them. But now I understand why Diljit’s manager must have turned them down. They must have committed some crime. “
Meanwhile, your home is almost ready courtesy of a newly hired interior designer. “As a matter of fact, I will be moving into my new house in the next 2-3 days,” he said and said goodbye.
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