It has been decided to preserve the ancestral homes of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Both famous actors of Hindi films were also born in these havelis of Peshawar. However, they are now unhappy.
The Archaeological Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan has asked the concerned department to take the ancestral houses of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor into government occupation.
The notification issued in this regard states that the houses currently closed for both artists will be preserved and a museum will be made where apart from these artists, objects related to another prominent Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan will also be preserved.
Dr. Abdul Samad, director of the Department of Archeology and Museums, has sent a letter to the Commissioner of Peshawar stating that the department wants to declare these places as ‘protected’.
The department believes that this will give a boost to cultural tourism. The letter further states that if these properties are privately owned then it should be acquired.
The commissioner of Peshawar says that action has been started in this regard.
Dilip Kumar’s house is in the locality of Peshawar, the famous and historical part of Khwani Bazaar. The residential area then has been transformed into a large commercial center.
Mohammad Yusuf Khan, popularly known as Dilip Kumar, was born on December 11, 1922 in this house. In 1930, Dilip Kumar moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) with his family.
In 1988, when Dilip Kumar visited Pakistan, he also visited Peshawar and went to his old house and kissed the door and shared childhood memories with people.
Proposal to set up museums:
Kapoor Haveli is in the Dilgaran area of Peshawar. A generation of Kapoor family who gave many superstars to Bollywood was born in this mansion. This mansion was built between 1918 and 1922. Raj Kapoor was also born in this mansion. After the partition of the country, his family moved to India
Although large parts of both artists’ houses have collapsed and their current owners have tried several times to demolish buildings and build plazas, the administration has stopped them.
After coming under government occupation, the original condition of these buildings will be restored, after which museums will be established here. In the museums, items related to the Dilip Kumar and Kapoor family, records and memorabilia of their films, as well as items related to Shahrukh Khan will be saved.
Before the grip of violence, Peshawar was the center of culture and art. Now things have improved, the government has started a campaign to revive the traditional culture here and buildings over 100 years old are being preserved.
There are 1800 buildings of historical importance in Peshawar and the process of marking them is going on.