Mumbai: In a bitter family tale, yesteryear superstar Dilip Kumar’s brothers have sent him a legal notice, accusing him of breaking a promise of providing them accommodation in a building that was to be built by razing a Pali Hill bungalow the two had shared with the actor for close to 60 years.
Ehsaan Khan, 77, and Aslam Khan, 75, have also claimed that they were promised a monthly maintenance but it has not been paid even as they were convinced to move out of 48, Pali Hill, the actor’s sprawling property, in 2006.
According to the notice, the elder brother was promised a 1,200 sq ft apartment in the new building, and the younger with an 800 sq ft flat. The bungalow has since been demolished; no multistorey building has come up on the site.
The two had been living in a friend’s two-bedroom house on Hill Road for years and survived on help from relatives and well-wishers but now they have scarce time as they just under a week to vacate the property.
“In less than a week, we will have nowhere to go. We also have no money left,” Ehsaan told us. Dilip Kumar’s wife actress Saira Banu, at whose bungalow he now resides, confirmed receiving the notice but claimed it to be a family matter that should not be discussed in public. “We are entitled to our privacy which others must also respect. We have a lot to say in reply, but do not want to,” she said.
It is known that in the early ’50s, Dilip Kumar, already a superstar with such hits as Andaz, Mela, Deedar and Daag, lived with his nine siblings and father at 21, Mala in Bandra.
After his fatherâ€™s death, he bought 48, Pali Hill for Rs 1.5 lakh and moved in with all his brothers and sisters.