Apart from being home to hundreds of actors and actresses working in the Hindi TV and Film industry, Mumbai is also known for being a difficult city when it comes to finding accommodation. And surprisingly, these actors and actresses who are seen as the heart and soul of Bollywood also go through tough times while finding a good home for themselves.
Recently, Shireen Mirza, who is seen in the role of Simmi in popular daily soap ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ came out with how she has been facing a harrowing time looking out for a flat for rent in Mumbai. She wrote a Facebook post speaking her heart out mentioning how landlords have been refusing to rent out their flat to her, just because she is a Muslim, bachelor and an actress.
Talking to The Times of India, Shireen said that she has seen 100 houses in last two months but still couldn’t get one because of the “bizarre rules pertaining to cast, marital status and gender”. She said:
“Despite staying in the same society for good 5 years, I had to yet again give an interview to the same people over my job etc. They all know me so well and none of them have ever faced any issue because of me, still, I was asked to do so. It was surprising even more because I had never faced any such issue earlier in Mumbai. People became biased here suddenly and started judging me on the basis of what other people from my community probably must have done.”
She further said that she was even harassed for money by the property brokers who took advantage of her situation. You can read her Facebook post below:
But after facing all the hassles, Shireen finally got a good news. A few hours after she posted on Facebook, a non-Muslim person called her and offered his house to her for rent. Luckily, he did not have any problems with her religion, gender and marital status. Moreover, this house is in the same place she wanted to stay, so her problem is solved.
Do you think it is unfair of the society to impose such restrictions and create so many problems for bachelors and actors who want to rent a house? Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments section!