Veteran actress Sadhana's demise leaves behind property dispute
The dispute over the late 74-year-old Bollywood actress' Khar apartment began during the last few years of her life and remains embroiled in a legal battle post her demise
Upon hearing of the demise of veteran actress Sadhana Shivdasani (74) yesterday, several film personalities went to pay their respects at the Khar bungalow, Sangeeta, where she had lived as a tenant for over half a century.
Actress Sadhana Shivdasani’s residence in Khar, which has been embroiled in controversy. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
The property was under dispute a few years ago, and in 2010, Sadhana had even alleged that another family residing there had threatened to kill her unless she vacated her ground-floor apartment. Among those who expressed their regret at the yesteryears actress’s death, was the man she had accused, Yusuf Lakdawala.
“I remember Sadhanaji as a very good woman. I never fought with her, and never threatened her. She was a nice woman and I remember visiting her house for some very good food,” he told this paper.
At the time the allegation was made, Lakdawala’s mother-in-law was residing on the second floor at the bungalow. Sadhana had said that Lakdawala — a builder — had wanted her to vacate her flat so he could develop the property. She alleged that he had threatened to send goons to kill her unless she moved out. However, Lakdawala refuted these allegations.
He said he is a big fan of Sadhana, and was very upset when the allegations were levelled against him, but added, “Sadhanaji was a good woman, but there were others working from behind the scenes, influencing her to make those allegations,” said Lakdawala.
“I put the flat on sale two years after I was alleged of threatening Sadhanaji. It took me two years to sell the flat. The building is not in a very good condition,” he said.
According to a broker, Sadhana’s 3,000-sq-ft apartment is valued around Rs 16 crore.
It was owned by veteran singer Asha Bhosle, who later sold it to Kakkad Realty. A signboard with the real estate group’s insignia adorns the Khar property as well, but the property remains in dispute. Kakkad Realty has been unable to do much with the bungalow, since the matter is currently embroiled in a legal battle.
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“The Kakkad family, as well as Kakkad Realty, convey our deepest condolences to Sadhnaji's family and friends. She was a great actress who shall live in people’s hearts forever. God bless her soul. Sadhnaji was a tenant on the ground floor apartment of our bungalow. The landlord/tenancy matter between us is subjudice and we await the court’s verdict. We are unable to comment any further on the above legal matter,” stated an email response from the group.
Estimated value of Sadhana’s ground-floor apartment
Last rites today
Veteran actress Sadhana passed away in hospital yesterday after a brief illness. “She was admitted to hospital day before yesterday due to high fever.
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She was okay... She had her tea at around 7.30 am and suddenly I got a call from her secretary at around 10 am that she collapsed and passed away. It was sudden and shocking,” said Sadhana’s close associate and advocate Ameet Mehra. Her last rites will be held today at a crematorium in Santacruz. — Agencies
Disputes over property
>> Singer Asha Bhosle had inherited the bungalow, Sangeeta, from her first husband Ganpatrao Bhosle. Sadhana was a tenant in the ground floor.
>> In 2010, Sadhana alleged that builder Yusuf Lakdawala — who lived on the second floor - had threatened to kill her unless she moved out.
>> In 2012, Sadhana and Asha Bhosle — the owner of the bungalow — got into a dispute over the garden. Bhosle filed a police complaint against the actress for unlawfully claiming possession of the garden outside her house. At the time, Bhosle had begun negotiating with builders for the bungalow’s redevelopment and wanted residents to move out. Sadhana said that she had lived there for 50 years, and she would move out if Bhosle found alternative accommodation on the same scale.
>> In 2014, Yusuf Lakdawala sold his flat, and the new owner undertook some repair work on the second floor, which allegedly caused the actress trouble in her ground-floor home.
When the property was taken over by Kakkad Realty, they began the process to evict the residents, but the matter has been languishing in court since.