Section 375’s Meera Chopra lodges FIR against interior designer; Says,”He pushed me out of my own house”
Meera Chopra, who is best known for her roles in 1920 London and Section 375, faced major issues while designing her house as she was reportedly cheated and abused by an interior designer. The actress, who is Priyanka Chopra ‘s cousin filed an FIR against her interior decorator at Oshiwara Police station under Sections 354 (outraging a woman’s modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) and 509 (insulting modesty of a woman).
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Meera Chopra opened up and gave all the details about the incident. She said that she bought a new house in Andheri, Mumbai and hired an interior designer from Oshiwara, named Rajinder Dewan, to design the house. The amount that was fixed for interiors was Rs. 17 lakhs. And she even paid 8 lakhs, that is, nearly 50% of the payment in advance and he assured her that he’ll get most of the work while she is out of town.
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Meera Chopra, after returning from the shoot was in a state of shock, “I had given him designs and had told him to use certain kind of woodwork and ply. Since Mumbai is a humid city, you need to use very good quality material. But when I came back, I realized that the material he has used is very substandard. Later, I found out that most of the interior decorators follow this practice of using inferior quality material. I told him to change it. He refused. He is quite senior to me; he’s nearly 50 years old. So I respectfully told him ‘Aap please aise mat karo. Nahin toh main aapse kaam nahi kara paungi’. To which he got extremely abusive in front of all the workers. You won’t believe this; he pushed me out of my own house and told me ‘Tum aise bola mat karo…warna workers kaam nahi karenge’. Imagine, unhone meri hi ghar se mujhe bahar nikal diya!”
Meera Chopra continued, “I came home and sent him a message that ‘I won’t be able to work with you. Please provide the bills of the expenditure you have done till now and please return the balance amount’. However, he didn’t return any money. He gave me certain handwritten bills. After which he disappeared.”
And that’s why she filed an FIR. However, no action has been taken apparently since last two months. She added how many people have had a similarly difficult time with their interior decorators, “I had tweeted about my grievance on Twitter and a lot of people had replied that most interior designers dupe people. So I am also trying to create awareness that agar kisi ke saath iss tarah se kuch galat ho raha hai, then the police should take immediate action.” She continued that ordinary people won’t even file an FIR and that’s why she wants to put this out on a public platform so that such kind of behavior can be curbed.
Meera Chopra, who is Priyanka Chopra ‘s cousin, also had a complaint against Rajinder Dewan’s daughter, Richa Malhotra. She added that she is waiting for cops to take some action even though it may seem like a trivial issue to them. She added that Dewan is not absconding, however, she is not really confronting because of his abusive and aggressive nature. Meera also shared that popular actor Diljit Dosanjh too faced a similar issue when Dewan was designing his home.