KP govt starts repair of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor’s home in Peshawar
PESHAWAR Sep 26,2021- The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has taken over the homes of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar and is now repairing them.
According to the government’s plan, the houses of the two famous Bollywood actors will be restored to their original condition.
The rubble of both houses has been removed in the initial phase to start regular repair and maintenance work on these houses.
Actor Dilip Kumar’s nephew Fawad Ishaq has praised the government’s decision to repair the ancestral homes of his uncle Dilip and actor Raj Kapoor.
Fawad Ishaq, while talking about his love for his uncle actor Dilip Kumar’s hometown Peshawar, said that Dilip Kumar’s attachment to Peshawar has never diminished.
Indian actor Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home, called Kapoor Haveli, and Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home are located in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar.
In January 2021, the government decided to turn the ancestral homes of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar into museums.
Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan sanctioned Rs. 23.5 million for both the historic houses, with this amount both houses were purchased.
“Thanks to such projects, we will make Peshawar a center of tourism and culture,” said Kamran Bangash advisor to KP chief minister.
Dilip Kumar’s ancestral house
Peshawar housed the Indian film actor Dilip Kumar’s ancestral house. Born as Mohammad Yusuf Khan in Peshawar on 11 December 1922, one of twelve siblings, he moved to Mumbai in the late 1930s with his family.
Legendry Bollywood star Dilip Kumar visited his house once and sentimentally kissed the soil. In 1988, he visited Peshawar and in an interview given at the PC Hotel fondly recalled the days of his childhood and growing up, lapsing into Hindko and Pashto time to time.
In 1997, when he was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian honor, he was unable to reach the house because of heavy crowds.
Raj Kapoor another legend of Bollywood was born into a Khatri Punjabi family, in 1924 at Kapoor Haveli, a house then owned by his father in the Qissa Khwani Bazaar Peshawar.
Kapoor Haveli was constructed before the partition of India, between 1918 and 1922, by Dewan Basheswar Nath Kapoor, father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the family to enter film industry in 1928 as an extra in his first film.