The regional government in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has decided to purchase the legendary Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar’s ancestral houses which are situated in the heart of Peshawar.
The department of archeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has decided to conserve these houses as historic monuments which are in rugged conditions. The archeological department has decided to dispense sufficient funds for purchasing the house of legendary actors which have been declared as national heritage. According to the reports of PTI, an official said that the department of Archeology has decided to allocate sufficient funds to the government to purchase these two houses which have been declared as National heritage.
An official letter has been sent to the DC of Peshawar to determine the cost of both the buildings, where the two great Indian actors were born and raised before the partition. Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home is known as Kapoor Haveli and is located at Qissa Khwani Bazar.
The building was built between 1918 and 1922 by the actor’s grandfather. On the other hand, the legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s home is also situated in the same location. The House is 100-years old and declared as National Heritage by Nawaz Sharif’s government in 2014. Currently, there are around 1800 historic structures in Peshawar which are 300 years old.
Will talking to PINKVILLA the head of the department of archaeology, Abdus Samad Khan said that the owners of both the buildings have made many attempts to demolish them in the view of commercial plazas, but they have been stopped by the archeology department as the department wanted to preserve them.
However, the owner of Kapoor Haveli Ali Qadar said that he had made several contacts with the department to restore the building and he did not want to demolish the building. Now the owner has demanded 200 crores as the selling value from the Pakistani government.