MUMBAI: Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial government has decided to buy the ancestral houses of Bollywood stars Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in a bid to preserve historic buildings. The houses of both the artists are in a dilapidated condition. The Archaeological Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has decided to provide sufficient funds for the purchase of these two buildings which have been declared as National Heritage.
Both the buildings, Raj Kapoor’s house, Kapoor Haveli and Dilip Kumar’s house are located in Peshawar city. Dr Abdus Samad Khan, head of the archeology department, said an official letter has been sent to the deputy commissioner of Peshawar to determine the value of the two historic buildings, where two great heroes of Indian cinema were born and raised in childhood before the partition.
Dilip Kumar’s house is 100 years old
The home of Raj Kapoor’s ancestors is known as Kapoor Haveli. This mansion is located in the case food market. It was built by Raj Kapoor’s grandfather Diwan Basheshwarnath Kapoor between 1918 and 1922. Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok were born in this house. Actor Dilip Kumar’s 100-year-old ancestral home is also present in the area. The building is in a dilapidated condition and was declared a national heritage site by the Nawaz Sharif government in 2014.
Khan said the owners of these two historic buildings have tried several times to demolish them to make way for a commercial plaza, but all such attempts have been stopped because the archeology department wants to preserve them because of their historical significance. However, Ali Qadir, owner of Kapoor Haveli, said he did not want to demolish the building.