Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar's ancestral houses to be purchased by Pakistan's provincial KP govt

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The provincial govt in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has determined to buy the ancestral homes of legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar to preserve the historic buildings that are in dilapidated situation and dealing with demolition menace. The Department of Archaeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has determined to allocate ample funds for buying the 2 buildings, which have been declared because the nationwide heritage and lie within the coronary heart of Peshawar metropolis, an official mentioned.

An official letter has been despatched to the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar to find out the price of each the historic buildings, where the 2 greats of Indian cinema had been born and raised of their early days earlier than the partition, mentioned Dr Abdus Samad Khan, the pinnacle of division of archaeology. Raj Kapoor’s ancestral house, often known as Kapoor Haveli, is located within the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was constructed between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor’s grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor. Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok Kapoor had been born within the constructing. It has been declared nationwide heritage by the provincial govt.

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Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s over 100-year-old ancestral home can be positioned in the identical locality. The home is in shambles and was declared as nationwide heritage in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif govt. Khan mentioned the possessors of the 2 buildings made many makes an attempt prior to now to demolish them for establishing business plazas in view of their prime location however all such strikes had been stopped because the archaeology division needed to protect them holding in view their historic significance.

However, the proprietor of Kapoor Haveli, Ali Qadar, mentioned that he didn’t wish to demolish the constructing and made many contacts with the archaeology division officers to guard and protect this historic construction which is a nationwide satisfaction. The proprietor has demanded Rs 200 crore from the KP govt to promote it out to the govt.

In 2018, the Pakistan govt determined to transform the Kapoor Haveli right into a museum, heeding to a request by Rishi Kapoor who died this yr in Mumbai. However, the announcement to this impact couldn’t be materialised regardless of a lapse of round two years. There are round 1,800 historic constructions in Peshawar that are over 300 years outdated.

.ByPTIPublished: September 28, 2020 6:13 PM IST

[Attribution Bollywood Life]

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