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BookMyBai imposes ban on Bollywood celebs over alleged misbehaviour


Anupam Sinhal, co-founder of BookMyBai, informed that their company has banned providing service to Bollywood celebrities across the country. The decision was taken on Saturday, and Sinhal put up a blog post over the same. He stated that the ban was imposed over alleged misbehaviour of employees with the maids.

Sinhal’s post on Saturday that, “We are all fans of some celebrity or the other. We look up to them. They become role models. Some of them also get prestigious national awards for their work. BookMyBai has worked very closely with a lot of Bollywood celebrities and provided them with a good domestic help in Mumbai and other cities, and our experience has been no less than horrendous”.

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BookMyBai, an online platform, provides home help in a four major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Talking to DNA, Sinhal said, “In the last few months, we have had several complaints from maids about celebrities not behaving well, paying them less — sometimes not paying them at all — and not providing them a meal or leaves that they are entitled to. Celebrities feel that since they have money and influence, they can do anything to their home helps, who often choose to not report cases of abuse and misconduct due to their poor financial condition and fear of being targeted.”

He added, “We have had at least 20 big celebrities as clients, apart from a large number of small-time actors. Around 500 requests come to us everyday and we can only provide close to 80-90 home helps. When the demand is this high, we would rather provide our services to valued customers over celebrities who have a poor record.”