The veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who was recently hospitalised because of a heart issue, has now another thing to worry about. The 90 year old actor was dragged to the court in 2010 by a builder Samir Bhojwani, over the redevelopment rights of the actor’s Pali Hill residence. This case, which is still in court, is now always on the mind of the thespian now-a-days and is taking a toll on Dilip Kumar’s Health.
“While we try to keep bad news from him, including the deaths of some of his old colleagues, there is one thing which we cannot bypass, the dispute over the bungalow. His questions on the bungalow under litigation had increased by the day,” said a source close to Dilip and his wife Saira.
“We don’t rule out that this stress might have played a role in Dilip Kumar getting the heart attack in mid-September, which landed him in the ICU for 10 days. What is amusing to Dilip Kumar and his family is that Samir Bhojwani is very cordial to them and even sent flowers and gifts on Dilip saab’s birthday. Whenever we tell him that we ought to resolve this as Dilip Kumar’s health is failing, he says, Haan kar denge. But no stone is moved by him thereafter,” added the source.
Dilip Kumar started demolishing the bungalow in question three years ago to construct a highrise. Samir Bhojwani objected, claiming ownership of the plot. He said the bungalow property was leased to the actor for 999 years, but with the caveat that the lessee would not alter or demolish the structure without the owner’s consent. Sometime later, Bhojwani moved the court against the veteran, who challenged the builder’s ownership claim, saying that the builder’s claim to the property is “illegal, invalid and untenable”.