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  • 05 May 2018
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Actor Shreyas Talpade discusses how his home-hunting journey was nothing short of a golmaal experience, completely ridden with apprehensions and bittersweet emotions. Read on…

Iqbal (2005) traced the journey of an aurally challenged youth from a remote village who fights against all odds to fulfil his dream of becoming a cricketer. And it is with this movie that Shreyas Talpade managed to capture the attention of the moviegoers as well. Thereafter, he not only tasted critical success with films like Dor and Wah Taj, but also won commercial applause for films such as Om Shanti Om and the Golmaal franchise. Comedy is a serious business and so is building one's dream house in the maximum city, believes Shreyas. So, how easy or difficult was it for him to take a step towards achieving his realty goals? Let's hear it from the man himself…

A billion dreams…

Shreyas had done quality work in the Marathi film and TV industries; however he was still struggling to find his footing in Bollywood around the early 2000s (read: around the time of his debut). "Like every other man, I too wished for a happily ever after, post I married my wife Deepti. Hence, after initially living with my parents, we moved into a rented apartment as we could not afford to buy our own flat at that point," mentions Shreyas.

However, post staying on rent for close to a year and with some quality work behind him, Shreyas started home-hunting. "As we embarked on the search for the 'right' apartment, we realised how tough it was. Each day, we would visit properties, but nothing would materialise. In fact, on one occasion, my loan got sanctioned and I had even paid Rs 25 lakh as deposit; however, at the last moment, the deal fell through. Disheartened with the turn of events, we were on the verge of giving up," recalls Shreyas.

But destiny clearly had other plans for Shreyas. "Tony D'Souza (director) had called us over for dinner and the moment I entered his house, I instantly fell in love with it. On realising how ecstatic I was, he insisted I inspected his next door apartment since it was up for sale. Also, it was in Andheri (Mumbai), our first and perhaps the only choice of location," adds Shreyas.

Shreyas' heart was set on the apartment; however, it was out of his budget. "I was convinced that the bank would reject my loan application. However, my friend and wife insisted that we try our luck. As expected, they rejected my application," he mentions. Par kehte haina, agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho toh puri kainaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai. "The next day, I got a call from the bank officials, as they had considered relooking at my application. I was asked about the movies I was working on and since I had signed Om Shanti Om, I mentioned it to them. Upon hearing that Shah Rukh Khan was headlining the movie and it was being directed by Farah Khan, they immediately sanctioned my loan amount and I finally bought my first house in the city," says a jubilant Shreyas.

A step up…

With time, priorities change and so does one's needs and Shreyas too, was not immune to these modifications in his life. "As our family grew, the need for a bigger and spacious house emerged. Hence, we decided to start house-hunting again. A house in Andheri (a suburb in Mumbai), expansiveness of the house and an attached terrace were a few prerequisites that we were not willing to compromise on. And after a dedicated search, we were able to finally move into our new home, which we are currently occupying," mentions an elated Shreyas.

The journey towards stardom has been extremely fulfilling and satisfying for Shreyas, but being a celebrity is no easy feat. "If there are certain perks attached to the profession, there is also a premium that has to be paid. And where the anomalies of the real estate industry are concerned, nobody is left untouched, not even us," adds Shreyas.

The décor dynamics…

Simple yet classy is the mantra Shreyas follows - whether it is in his life or home. "My house is a reflection of my personality and attitude. Therefore, from the choice of paint on the wall to a piece of furniture, I try and keep it basic. But at times, my wife does like to indulge, especially when we are travelling as she is fond of antique furniture pieces, which ultimately adorn our home," he coyly mentions.

At his new home, Shreyas's favourite corner is his terrace. "I have put up a jhula (swing) on the terrace where I spend a lot of my time. Whether it is having a cup of chaior reading my scripts - the jhulais my recreational spot," he concludes with a smile.

A piece of advice…

For people seeking their dream house, Shreyas has a few tips for them: Trust your gut feeling while home hunting. And if you have found a house, which feels like 'home', do not hesitate to take the leap of faith, as it is a risk worth taking; Be extremely clear about your key requirements when home-hunting, as it will only make your search more convenient and hassle-free; If you have opted for a home loan, ensure you pay the EMIs on time; Also, ensure you read the fine print of all the legal documents thoroughly and get it checked from a lawyer as well because the best of us can fall prey to fraudulent tricks.