Hoosenally says Bhansali is yet to return some pieces he had borrowed
Mumbai: Antique dealer Farida Hoosenally has alleged that for the past several months the city police have been refusing to register an FIR she wanted to file against directorproducer Sanjay Leela Bhansali. According to her, Bhansali, who had taken antiques on rent from her shop for his film Black, reportedly owes her Rs 1.93 crore.
Hoosenally runs the antique shops Faheen Designs and Shantez at Prabhadevi. According to her, Dadar Police failed to lodge an FIR against the film-maker. “I have given a written complaint to the Dadar police station but they didn’t register the FIR against Bhansali. I approached deputy commissioner of police (zone-V) Ashutosh Dumbre for the same reason, but he too showed no interest,’’ she said.
Hoosenally said she has been collecting antiques for over 20 years. “We have never rented out properties to the film industry, but Bhansali appealed to me and convinced me that he will take care of my antiques. We had given around 1,200 items on rent but are yet to receive over 300 items which were destroyed in the fire during the film shooting. Moreover, some of the items that Bhansali returned to us were damaged,’’ she alleged. When contacted, Bhansali said, “Why is she asking for payment after one-and-ahalf years? I don’t want to comment.’’ The complainant said that in January 2004, Bhansali paid Rs 12 lakh as two months’ rent of her pieces. “Bhansali then paid Rs 20 lakh for the goods that I lost in the fire and then never made any payment,’’ Hoosenally said.
Meanwhile, DCP Dumbre admitted that Hoosenally had come to his office a few months ago. “The fire had taken place in the jurisdiction of Aarey sub police station. The police also contacted Bhansali regarding this matter and he has sent his reply,’’ he said.
Dumbre said Hoosenally had mentioned something about “insurance of her antiques by Bhansali” which was being verified. “We have sought legal opinion from the experts and if it is proved that some offence had taken place, we will register an FIR,’’ Dumbre said.
The Times of India, July 26, 2005