14 May, 2021

A House For Mr Khan

After a run-in with the authorities, the star gets his dream home

A House For Mr Khan
Everyone anticipated a nightmare when the new neighbours moved in'loud music, louder clothes and screaming money that would decimate the peace of Bandstand, Mumbai. So when Shah Rukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood, shifted into the queen of suburbs, Bandra, a duel right royal seemed destined.

But the blast the neighbourhood was gearing up for occurred even before the Khans moved in. In the process of renovating the sprawling 90-year-old structure the Khans bought for a near-Rs 10 crore, the triangular Grecian facade of the villa was demolished, unleashing a cacophony of complaint.

Shah Rukh's dream home seemed impossible when neighbours managed to get work suspended for a year after the renovators demolished the Doric columns and gable. Work could proceed a year later, only after the film star promised the authorities, the Heritage Committee in this case, that he'd completely restore the house and only then move in.

Based on its history, the villa has been listed a Grade Three building by the Maharashtra government, which means it 'contributes to determining the...

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